James L. Layfield, charter boat captain

February 13, 2020

James L. Layfield, 80, of Piney Neck Road, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, with his wife and sisters-in-law by his side.

James was born April 8, 1939, son of Elmer and Lida Layfield.  James was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Jack Layfield and Stanley Layfield.

James worked in the family business known as the S&J Restaurant in Dagsboro until 1968.  He then went on to be a farmer and a poultry grower.  In the early ‘80s James became a charter boat captain along with his partner, Ken Simpler, on the Fin-atic at the Indian River Inlet.  James was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved his bird dogs.

James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra L. Layfield; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Sharon Layton of Frankford; his sister-in-law Vickie L. Daisey of Frankford; and his sisters-in-law, Charlotte Layfield and Betty Layfield of Dagsboro.  He is also survived by several great-nieces and -nephews.  

A funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at noon,at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford, with a visitation from 11 a.m. to noon.  Minister Mike Mitchell will officiate.  Interment will follow at Dagsboro Redmen Cemetery.

Floral tributes are welcome, as are memorial contributions to the Dagsboro Church of Christ, 28001 Dagsboro Road, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

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