The Methodist Home Alumni honored James Kent during its annual homecoming ceremonies Aug. 20.
Kent is the last World War II veteran who grew up in The Methodist Home in Macon, Georgia. He was a resident of the home from 1929-1940 before he joined the Army.
He entered as a private and was discharged as a major. He was wounded and captured by German forces in Italy and later transferred to Germany, where he remained a prisoner of war for more than a year.
Kent was awarded three medals: the Silver Star, the third-highest medal for gallantry in combat; the Prisoner of War medal; and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat during World War II and in Korea.
He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.
He was the CEO of the Talladega Chamber of Commerce for seven years and taught high school and junior college.
Kent gives The Methodist Home credit for what he has been able to accomplish. Some stories of Kent’s military service were included in a book published by some of the adults who grew up in the Home. This book is entitled “Patches of the Quilt: True Stories from a Children’s Home.”
He married Helen G. Stines, now deceased, and has two daughters, Patty Quinn of Freeport, Illinois, and Beverly Acton, of Gardendale.