James Arlington Ikner was born on June 16, 1944 in Repton Alabama to Lud and Bessie Ikner (McKinley). James was one of six siblings, the youngest child and only son. James was a longtime resident of Spanish Fort, Alabama.
James retired from Scott Paper Company in Mobile, Alabama in 1995 after 22 years of employment. After retirement from Scott Paper, he started working for the Baldwin County Board of Education as a school bus driver, and has been driving for Spanish Fort School District for the last 14 years. He loved driving the bus and has made long and lasting friendships with teachers, parents and children over the years.
James was an avid book reader and loved to paint, he enjoyed drinking coffee with his buddies at the Waffle House multiple times a day and fishing when he could. But his greatest pleasure in life was watching his grandsons play baseball and spending time with them, making memories that will last a lifetime.
James leaves behind four daughters, Tracey Ikner Frye (Randy) from Texas, Sonya Ikner from Texas, April Ikner Grace Daniels (Scott) from Spanish Fort, Alabama and Meghan Ikner from Texas; eight grandchildren, Dallas Nicole Frye, Kayla Shyann Frye, Tyler James Ikner, Shelby Dale Piquett, Rebecca Nicole Maylin, Brenton Craig Grace, Braden Thomas Grace and Braxton Timothy Grace; two step-grandchildren, Autumn Nicole Daniels and Joshua Matthew Daniels; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Maebell Ikner Perry; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Lud and Bessie McKinley Ikner; Louise Ikner Rich, Dorthy Ikner Flowers, Marilyn Ikner Hamner and Shirley Ikner Bell.
A celebration of James' life will be held Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Daphne.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 27409 U.S. Hwy. 98, Daphne, Alabama 36526, 251-625-2900, www.wolfefuneralhomes.com.