James Leo Wadsworth, 96, passed away on February 25, 2019, at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek, Virginia. James was born in Alamo, Lincoln County, Nevada, the hometown of his maternal grandparents, David Brinton and Lois Crosby Stewart on May 21, 1922.
Alamo was the place of his birth but he held a special place in his heart for Panaca, Lincoln County, Nevada, his childhood home. His grandparents on both sides were pioneer settlers of Utah and Nevada. It was in Meadow Valley that James grew up “the cowboy way”. There he learned how to work hard, to be a respecter of persons and where he found
James Leo Wadsworth one of his greatest passions in life, the horse.
He would return to Panaca in 1962 after purchasing the home, built in 1895, of his paternal grandparents, Nephi John and Eliza Jane Terry Wadsworth and working diligently and lovingly to preserve it. He attended grade school and high school in Panaca, Nevada. Graduated from Brigham Young University with an A.B. in Political Science. In 1952 he received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington D.C.
While attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he was called to active duty in the Air Corps during WWII. He was a pilot of A-20 ﬁghter/bombers with combat service in the Mediterranean and Italian Theatres. James Leo’s services throughout his career were many and greatly diversiﬁed. He was a teacher of State, Local and Federal Government of the United States at two different universities; had a personal law practice as well as serving as the Nevada( personal and company) attorney for the Howard Hughes interests, which also included acting as the General Manager of the Landmark Hotel and Casino; a district attorney; political officer, he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly; a general lobbyist to various governmental offices and legislatures; and a published author.
James and Kathy resided in Panaca until 2018 when they relocated to West Virginia. This move fulﬁlled a promise James had made to his wife that he would one day “take her home again Kathleen.” He loved his heritage, his family, and his country. He served them well throughout his life. From a very young age he knew throwing a saddle on his horse was his destiny, and as his daughter Felicia stated, “Oh what a life he has had.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Elder Darrell Mann officiating. Burial with ﬂag presentation to his wife Kathy by the West Virginia Army Honor Guard followed at Bradley Cemetery in Lindside, Monroe County, WV.
He left behind his beloved wife of 67 years, Kathleen Vickers Wadsworth, his two children, Felicia Kathleen (Craig) Christensen and James Vickers (Vick) Wadsworth.He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: Jared Wadsworth (Alicia) Crockett and their three children Ari, Axel, and Jordanna of Las Vegas, NV; Katrina Crockett and her 6 children Jaggar,Jaden,Jaxton, Jameson, Jenner, and Jace of Eagle Mountain, UT; Jordan Ryan (Nikki) Christensen and their two children Roman, and Sullivan, of Bonita Springs Florida; Chase Lee (Clarissa) Crockett and their four children, Nixon, Titan, Aeylee, and Khila of Stansbury Park, UT; his sister, Ina Mae (George) Wimsatt of Mesa, AZ; his brother and sister- in-law, Jack and Ruth Vickers of Peterstown, WV; along with many nieces and nephews who loved to hear his stories.
He was preceded in death by his parents James Allen and Lois Stewart Wadsworth; his siblings ,Theresa (Frank LeGrande) Magleby; Edna Myrtle Lee; Martha (Lindsay) Jacobson; David Wadsworth; and Delores (Peter) Horlacher.