James M Danley

Date of Birth

January 13, 1937

Date of Death

February 13, 2022

Home Town

Jonesboro, AR

Place of Passing

Memphis, TN

Branch of Service



Lt. Colonel

Years of service



James M Danley


January 13, 1937 - February 13, 2022

LTC (Ret) James Melvin Danley, Jr. passed away early in the morning on February 13, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was born on January 13, 1937 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to James Danley and Lois Goforth Danley. He attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and met his wife of 62 years, Nancy Scarborough Danley.

Following graduation, he began a lifetime of service in the United States Army. He served for two tours in Vietnam, one in Korea, one in the Republic of Panama, two at the Pentagon, and multiple tours at other bases located across the United States. Following his retirement from the Army, he began a new career as a Junior ROTC instructor with the Memphis City School System. He served for over a decade at Booker T. Washington, Craigmont, and finally at White Station High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Delia, and is survived by his wife Nancy, his three sons, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

He will be buried in a private service at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a Veterans’ charity of your choice in his name.





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