James Y. “Muttsy” Cameron, 90, of El Dorado and formerly of Junction City, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Timberlane Health & Rehab following a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 13, 1922, in Wesson, he was the son of Cephus and Sarah Young Cameron.  He was the youngest of five children and grew up in Wesson surrounded by a loving family and many dear friends and neighbors.

He always had fond memories of his youth and shared many wonderful stories about the time and people who lived there.

He was in the Army Air Corp in World War II, flying as a crew member on a B-17 Flying Fortress.  Stationed in Italy, he flew 44 combat missions before being shot down over Eastern Europe.  Although injured and in German occupied territory, he managed, with the help of local Yugoslav allies, to escape and return to Italy and back to the U.S. at the end of the war.  For his service he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

After his return from the war, he went to work at First National bank in El Dorado until his retirement in 1977 as senior vice president.  He was respected and was a friend to his co-workers and many people who lived in El Dorado and Union County.  He was member of Scotland Presbyterian Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Janice Fairly Cameron; brothers, Garland Cameron, Alvis H. “Red” Cameron and Paul Gerald “Shang” Cameron; and one sister, Mandy Rhea Griffin.

Survivors include one son, Steve Cameron (Celeste), of El Dorado; one daughter, Toni Rankin (Dr. David), of Magnolia; and five grandchildren, 1st Lt. Curtice Fairly Rankin (Candace), Beth Anne Rankin, Sgt. John David Rankin, all of Magnolia, Kelly Van Cameron, of Hot Springs, and Courtney Y. Cameron Cassinelli (David), of Little Rock.  Surviving great-grandchildren are Jace Van Cameron, Dan Cross, Caroline Rankin, Cameron Y. Cassinelli and Kate Cassinelli.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Scotland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sam Shepperson officiating.  Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Junction City under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services, 1501 N. University, Suite 345, Little Rock, AR 72207.

An online register is available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Published: 04/08/2013