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James Maloney Sr., youth sports figure

James "Ray" Maloney Sr., a local political and sports figure, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994). He was 60.

He was pronounced dead in the emergency room of St. Petersburg General Hospital after paramedics summoned to his home were unable to revive him, his family said.

A candidate for the City Council in 1980 and 1982, Mr. Maloney more recently served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

He followed his children into organized youth sports.

Involved in softball with his two daughters, Mr. Maloney served on the board of the South Pinellas District 5 Little League and as safety director for girls softball.

He umpired softball games for more than 20 years in the Pinellas Park National League. His most recent game was Wednesday night. He also umpired at the Girls Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1987.

Mr. Maloney, who came here in 1955 from his native Bethany, Ky., worked as a meat cutter for Albertsons in Tampa and Winn-Dixie in Pinellas Park.

An Army veteran of the Korean War, he received the Purple Heart and several other medals. He served for four years in St. Petersburg as a sergeant in the Army National Guard. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Sandra W.; two sons, James Ray Jr., St. Petersburg, and Nathan S., Pinellas Park; two daughters, Beth A. Banner, Pinellas Park, and Wanda G. Denslow, Zephyrhills; a brother, Gus, Alabama; a sister, Kay, Ohio; three half sisters; and eight grandchildren.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4100 16th St. N, St. Petersburg.

The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park, 5495 Park Blvd. The Rev. Jimmy Hammond will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.