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James Ira Saul
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James Ira Saul

Retired CMsgt James Ira Saul, 82, husband of Betty Couch Saul, died Friday, December 23, 2011 at Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville.

Born in Fayette County, WV, he was a son of the late Samuel Saul and the late Oshie Ann Petry Saul. Mr. Saul was a member of St. Luke Methodist Church. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after thirty years of service. He was veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. During this time he earned numerous awards and metals including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star w/one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal w/one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal w/three oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, Outstanding Unit Award w/one oak leaf cluster and V device, Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/three oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal w/four knots, National Defense Ribbon w/one bronze star, Japan Occupation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/silver star, AFLG Ribbon, SRNCO Academy, Expert Marksman Ribbon, and Vietnam Service Medal. He was a member of numerous military associations including the U.S. Air Force Association, Midland Retired Military Association, Shaw AFB Chief Group, VFW, and American Legion. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, and member of the Eastern Star. Mr. Saul was an avid golfer. He served as a golf instructor at Shaw AFB from 1977 to 1987. He also won several amateur golf tournaments. Over the past several years he enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at his lake house.

Survivors include his wife of Bishopville; two daughters, Wendy Simmons of Myrtle Beach, and Christi Waynick of Sumter; one son, Wally Saul of Sumter; three step-children, Rocky (Lisa) Couch, and Polly Mims of both of Bishopville, and Terry (Mark) McCown of Pine Bluff, AR; eight grandchildren, Trey Simmons, Nathan Simmons, Marissa Wolfe, Rebekah Haung, Aubrey Megan Brunson, Barrett Waynick, Justin Saul, and Evan Saul; eight step-grandchildren, Graham Couch, Chandler Couch, Charlie Mims, Player Mims, Jennifer Stoddard, Joseph McCown, Paige Rostin, and Spencer McCown; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Agnes Wooters of Parkersburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters.

Graveside services with full military honors were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia with the Rev. Jim Ridenhour officiating.

The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 South Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.