Bill James, former Cass County Democrat Missourian publisher, dies

bbashioum@demo-mo.comNovember 6, 2013 

Bill James, former publisher of the Cass County Democrat Missourian and the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal, has died. He was 65.

James, who had been fighting lung cancer for several months, died Nov. 6 at hospice facility in Kansas city. His wife, Dorothy, was at his side.

A member of the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame, James was publisher of the Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville from 1985 to 2000. He has served as publisher of the Daily Star-Journal since November 2007.  


During a career of 40 years, James served in a variety of leadership positions for the newspapers of Missouri. He was president of the Missouri Press Association (1998), president of the Northwest Missouri Press Association (1990), president of the Missouri Advertising Managers' Association (1986), and president of the Democratic Editors of Missouri (1981). He served as a director of the National Newspaper Association (1999-2001).  

James was inducted into the MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2001.

Memorial services will be held 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Visitation will be from 3-4:30 p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House.


Funeral arrangements are being cared for by Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.


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