Gospel preacher listed in Preachers of Today, Vol. 1, 1952, 112 and Preachers of Today, Vol. 2, 1959, 134.
Funeral services were conducted for James W. Falkner of Hohenwald, Tennessee at the Hohenwald church building on July 17, 1971 by J. R. Powell of Columbus, Miss., and Charles Balcom, of Hohenwald. Interment followed in the Swiss cemetery in Hohenwald. Brother Falkner quietly passed from this life early on the morning of July 15, following a lengthy illness over the past five years, of which the major portion of the last two were spent in the hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Brother Falkner was a man of great faith and courage and well loved by a great faith and courage and well loved by a great host of brethren. His faith and courage were never better demonstrated than his cheerful and optimistic outlook throughout his long hospital stay, when he continued to cheer up many other patients who were not nearly as ill as he. He leaves behind his wife, Eleanor and children, James, Jr., Kenneth, Annette, Judy and Jenifer. Brother Falkner grew up in the Woodlawn church in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Freed-Hardeman College of Henderson, Tennessee and Howard College of Birmingham. He has preached for churches in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He held many meetings in his younger years and was always a strong source of strength to all preachers in the areas where he labored. Jimmy always stood firm for the "Old Paths" and preached the whole counsel of God with firmness and yet with love. Truly a great and good man has fallen in Israel. --- James M. Allen. Gospel Advocate, October 14, 1971, page 655.
James W. Falkner departed this life on August 15, 1971, in his fiftieth year. He had been ill for several years with a combination of disabilities. During the last years of his life he was hospitalized more than he was an outpatient. He was, at his request, moved to his home earlier in the week before his death. We were classmates at Freed-Hardeman College and in later years preached for neighboring congregations for several years. His influence has meant more to me than possibly any other preacher with whom I have been associated throughout the years. He had a fine mind, was an excellent Bible scholar and speaker, and in addition, was endowed with a Christian spirit seldom seen in our time. He had preached for a number of churches some of which were Palatka, Fla., Winfield, Ala.; Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss.; Grant Street in Decatur, Ala.; Searcy, Ark. and Hohenwald, Tenn., where he did his last work. The love and esteem of the churches for whom he worked was shown by their continued interest and support during his long illness. The funeral service was conducted at the Hohenwald church building by the writer, assisted by Brother Baucom, August 17, 1971, with burial in the Hohenwald Cemetery. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor, and five children—Annette, James W. Jr., Judy, Kenneth, and Jennifer, a brother and sister, and a host of friends. He had a penchant for poetry and from time to time wrote poems as he meditated on some subject. The following is a selection from his poems—written after he knew he could not get well. James R. Powell, Sr. Gospel Advocate, November 25, 1971, page 754.
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