YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James H. Hope, 76 of Youngstown, died Friday afternoon, December 24, 2021 at Heritage Manor.

James was born May 10, 1945 in Archdale, North Carolina, a son of the late Winfred and Ada (Howell) Hope. 

James was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps/Air America serving in the Vietnam War.

He was a former member of Zion Hill United Brethren Church and Locust Grove Baptist Church. 

James was also a member of the Columbiana American Legion, the VFW of Washingtonville, Air America Association and the Moose Lodge of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

James retired in 1999 as owner/operator of Falcon MC Distributing, a Travel Accessory Business.

His wife, the former Ethelda Hofmann, whom he married January 2, 1966, died November 12, 2011. 

He will be sadly missed by his children, Marcia (Wes) Hope-Warren of Virginia, Connie Mae (Melvan) Saunders of Columbiana and Dawn I. Karash of Boardman; grandchildren, Amelia (Justin) Oaks, Melvan (Maria) Saunders, Jr., Thomas (Kristin) Saunders, Kirk Wolf, Kaleigh Saunders and Hope Karash and four great-grandchildren, Julius Saunders, Natalie Saunders, Benjamin Oaks and William Oaks. James also leaves a sister, Shirley (Charles) Bradham of Clover, South Carolina and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, James was preceded in death by three brothers, Winfred H., Kenneth and Larry Hope and a granddaughter, Angel Whitehair.

Private graveside services will be held Friday, January 7, 2021. 

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to DAV (Diasabled American Veterans) P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301 or

Arrangements were handled by Lane Family Funeral Homes.

A television tribute will air Tuesday, December 28 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.