James Elmer Plum, 81, of Alma passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at his home. He was a retired machinist for Dixie Cup where he worked for 41 years, a member of the U.S. Army National Guard for 11 years, a member of Alma Highway 71 Freewill Baptist Church and a 1953 graduate of Alma High School. He was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Alma to the late Elmer and Jursha (Tribble) Plum.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Geneva Plum of the home; two daughters, Connie Smith and husband Buddy of Van Buren and Sharon Childers and husband Larry of Van Buren; three sons, Rick Plum and wife Debbie of Alma, Mike Patterson of the home, and Eddie Patterson and wife Shelia of Muldrow; one sister, Lucy Fetters of Alma; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was April 25 at Ocker Chapel in Alma with interment at Bolton Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Alma.

Pallbearers were Rick Osborne, Barry Osborne, Kenneth Harrell, Scott Waters, Pete Fain and Roger Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers were Randall Shepherd, Jerry and Frances Osborne, J.R. Plum, Willis Wood, Ivan Slayton, Randall Peevy and Buddy Robb.

To place an online tribute, please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.