James Melvin Teague, 74, Wabash, died 5 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He was born Dec. 1, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Floyd “Calvin” and Edith (Painter) Teague.
James was a US Navy veteran serving in Vietnam aboard the USS Theodore E. Chandler, and also served in the Indiana National Guard. He married Sharon Kay Niccum in Wabash on May 14, 1988; she died June 3, 2017.
James worked at General Tire in Wabash, retiring after 36 years. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, and a former member of the Wabash Moose Lodge. He was a St. Jude Hospital and a Leukemia Lymphoma Society Donor. James enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by four children: Anthony (Doug) Teague, Indianapolis; Rebel (Dallas) Decker, Kokomo; Shane Teague, Wabash; and Tracy Terhorst of Hawaii; 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two special nephews, Zach (Katy) Niccum and Austin Niccum, both of Indianapolis; and two sisters: Brenda Hinson, Hampton, Va.; and Linda (Jerry) Fleming of Hickory, N.C. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jimmy Teague, and his grandson, Keaton Teague.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Michael Alley officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is St. Jude Children’s Hospital.