James David Hathaway, 77, passed away Aug. 8, 2019, at his home in Plato, Mo. He was born Sept. 21, 1941, in rural Jay County, Ind., to Basil and Mary Anna (Sutton) Hathaway.
His family moved to the Plato area in 1951, and Jim attended schools there. He graduated from Plato High School in 1960.
Jim married Connie Prock on June 23, 1963, and raised six children.
He married Ruth Elaine Davis on March 31, 2007.
He was baptized at an early age in the Roubidoux River and was a member of the Plato Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Connie (Prock) Hathaway; brothers, John, Bud, Paul and Charles; sisters, Kay Hall, Pauline Jones and Gay Cook; son-in-law, Luther Emery; and brothers-in-law, Bill Hall and Melvin Massey.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Shelly Hathaway, Chris Hathaway and wife, Amy, Susan Shrode and husband, Wesley, Stacy Fletcher and husband, Toby, Jason Hathway and wife, Rosanna, and Sherelle Hathaway, all of Plato, Mo; two sisters, Anne Massey of Success, Mo., and Nilah Byrd of Muncie, Ind.; two brothers, Don Hathaway and wife, Judy, of Evening Shade, Mo., and Sam Hathaway and wife, Gretta, of Success, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Wayne Cook of Plato, Mo.; grandchildren, Sheldon Clinton, Conner Hathaway, Caeden Hathaway, Javan Shrode, Jade Moore, Jasiah Shrode, Jordan Emery, Bailey Ziegler, Noah Fletcher, Jendry Fletcher, Rachel Hathaway, Macy Maxey, Connie Kay Hathaway and Jacey Hathaway; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kinsley, Jaxan, Tucker Shrode; Levi, Kadrienne and Laney Moore; baby girl Shrode due in September; and many more nieces, nephews, and friends made throughout the years.
Jim was a proud employee of Plato Schools for more than 32 years. He was co-owner of H & H Trash Pick Up and H & H Kennels with his wife, Connie.
In his youth he enjoyed showing his horse Kate at the Roby Saddle Club and went on many float trips. He hosted the annual Goat Roast in Plato. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing or nature walks during Grandpa Days, and especially loved rocking babies.
After retirement, he gardened, raised chickens and peafow, and pursued his woodworking hobby crafting many items for his family and friends. Jim also volunteered at the Texas County Food Pantry.
He instilled in his family the love of hard work and having fun. Even though we will miss him, his legacy lives on. This is not goodbye, just see you later.
Services are 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Plato Baptist Church with Eugene Earp and Javan Shrode officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to Plato Kindness Konnection, c/o Amy Hathaway, 10645 Plato Drive, Plato, Mo., 65552.