James R. Dalton, 70, Columbia, Mo., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at the Lake George Assisted Living Center, Columbia, Mo.

James R. Dalton, 70, Columbia, Mo., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at the Lake George Assisted Living Center, Columbia, Mo.  James Ray Dalton was born June 8, 1946 in Carthage; the son of James W. Dalton and Dorothy McWilliams Dalton Knell. Jim was a graduate of Carthage Senior High School, Class of 1964 and received his BA degree from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.  He married Georgia Fair on Dec. 27, 1968 in Pittsburg, Kan; she preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 1998. He married Pamela Eliason Johnson on July 8, 2000 in Carthage; she survives. Jim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage.
 Additional survivors include a daughter; Sheila Dalton (Adam) Crews, Columbia, Mo; two sons, Matthew (Jennifer) Johnson, Overland Park, Kan., and Brad Johnson, Kansas City, Mo; a sister, Janice L. (Neel) Baucom, Carthage; a brother, John W. (Maureen) Knell, Overland Park, Kan; four grandchildren, Austin Crews, Jordyn Crews, Parker Johnson and Emma Johnson; three nephews, Jim (Jean) Baucom, Overland Park, Kan., Justin (Kelsey) Baucom, Carthage, Hayden Knell, Overland Park, Kan., and one niece, Sloane Knell, Overland Park, Kan; very special friends, Charlie (Rita) Cherry and a very special companion, Norm. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James W.Dalton and Frank W. Knell,  his wife Georgia, sister, Joyce Lea Leuthen and infant sister, Julie Ann Knell.
Jim spent a vast majority of his work career as a salesman for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., retiring in 2003. Upon moving to Columbia in 2004, Jim and his daughter Sheila opened The Little Gym. They successfully owned and operated this business together for ten years.  During these ten years, The Little Gym impacted the lives of many young people around Columbia in a very positive way, and this was something that made Jim tremendously proud.  It was also during his time spent at The Little Gym that "Papa" Jim spent countless hours, playing baseball and basketball with his grandson Austin, teaching him how to play both of these sports that they shared such a love for.  The importance Jim's grandchildren played in his life was obvious to anyone he spent time with, as he could constantly be found talking in very proud terms of Parker, Emma, Austin, and Jordyns' latest accomplishments.  Jim's love of his grandchildren and daughter Sheila, was only rivaled by his deep love for his wife Pam, whom he shared so many wonderful moments with during their time together.  Jim will be missed greatly, and remembered fondly by all of those whose lives he touched.  
Memorial graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Rev. Greg Esselman, First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, will officiate.  Memorial gifts are suggested the Jim Dalton Grandchildren Memorial Fund in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO, 64836. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.