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James Edward Staley, 59, formerly of Burkesville, Kentucky (1957-2017)

'James was an avid traveler, a generous but humble philanthropist, an accomplished photographer and a knowledgeable genealogist. He possessed a special gift for language and engaging conversation. His ability to communicate in native languages endeared him to both kings and paupers and earned him the respect of families worldwide.' He was a graduate of Cumberland County High School whose life time love of learning led to a degree from Western Kentucky and an international degree in teaching.
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James Edward Staley, 59, of Songkhla, Thailand, formerly of Burkesville, Kentucky, peacefully died on April 26, 2017 at Bangkok-Hat Yai Hospital after a short battle with colon cancer. Funeral services and cremation were performed at Wat Laem Sai in Songkhla. Cremains were dispensed, according to his wishes, on Khao Tang Kuan ("Monkey Mountain") overlooking his beloved Songkhla Lake and the Gulf of Thailand. The family will observe a private memorial service in Burkesville, KY, at a later date.


James Edward Staley, 59, formerly of Burkesville, KY (1957-2017)


He was born on September 15, 1957, the seventh of nine children of Jerry & Ruth Coffey Staley. He died April 26, 2017, in Thailand, at the age of 59 years, seven months, and 11 days.

He was a 1975 graduate of Cumberland County High School. He moved to Germany after his 1978 graduation from Western Kentucky University where he served as a language instructor at Hamburg Language School and worked as an international corporate stock broker for Merrill Lynch, Shearson-Lehman and American Express until retirement.

He then relocated to Malaysia for several years but eventually resumed his first love of teaching language at Thaksin University and Songkhla Rajabhat University in Thailand.

James was an avid traveler, a generous but humble philanthropist, an accomplished photographer and a knowledgeable genealogist. He possessed a special gift for language and engaging conversation. His ability to communicate in native languages endeared him to both kings and paupers and earned him the respect of families worldwide.

The world was his home and everyone his brother.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Langenberg and a brother, Tom Staley.

He is survived by:
  • Three brothers: Jerry (Sandy Brinks) Staley of Dorr, MI; Frank Staley and Tony (Vickie Goodhue) Staley of Burkesville, KY

  • Three sisters: Ann (Bill) Lloyd of Morgantown, KY; Gertie (Murrell) Graves of Campbellsville, KY;, and Tammy (Earl) Smith of Burkesville, KY

  • Two aunts: Lois Coffey and Martha Monsanto, both of Burkesville, KY

  • Brother-in-law: Earl Langenberg of Aurora, CO

  • And sister-in-law: Terry Murphy Staley of Burkesville, KY.

  • Several nieces, nephews, and cousins
  • And a host of foreign and domestic students and friends. James requested no donations or gifts as your friendship and respect were the greatest offering to him; however, many requests have been made to honor him and the family suggests any memorial contributions to the Cumberland County Public Library-114 Hill St/PO Box 440, Burkesville, KY 42717 or your favorite charity in his name would be gratefully appreciated.

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    Norris-New Funeral Home, 601 N Main Street, Burkesville, KY is honored to share this courtesy obituary.


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