Mr. James Walter Mehaffey, the world’s greatest crappie fisherman, passed away at his home in Grant on Monday, December 6, 2021. He was 81.

James, better known as J.W. or Papa, was born on February 28, 1940, in Maryville, Tennessee. J.W. served his country in the United States Army as a Pistol and Rifle Marksman and a 1st Class Gunner.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 8, at Grant Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Haney’s Chapel Cemetery near Guntersville. 

Mr. Mehaffey is survived by his wife, Linda Mehaffey; children, Joy Rhodes, Stacey Young (Frances), Krista Martin (Rick), Denise Garner, Donna Mehaffey (Phillip), and Whitney Goins (Carlos); 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; sister, Almedia Goodman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Irene Mehaffey; son, Eddie Young; brothers, Jack Mehaffey and Johnny Mehaffey; and sister, Helen Maynard.