James Howard Bland, 59, of Utica died Saturday, September 11, 2021 at his home. He was born in Owensboro on February 28, 1962 to the late Paul Gordon Bland and Ruth Ann Ralph Bland. James was a retired truck driver with Averitt Express and was of the Catholic faith. He loved boating at Barkley Lake, camping, fishing, BINGO, spending time with family and especially being a Granddad. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Rice-Bland, a son, Curtis Bland (Maria) of Maybee, MI; two daughters, Cori Bland (Dorothy) of Atlanta, GA and Kady Bland of Nashville; one grandchild, Avery Bland; stepchildren, Ed Rhinerson, Tom Rhinerson (Teresa), Jimmy Rice (Brandy), Dana Evans (Floyd), and Crystal Smith (Matthew); siblings, Joe Bland (Cathy) of Whitesville, Paul Stephen Bland (Mary Sue) of Owensboro and Veronica “Ronnie” Conley (Steve) of West Virginia; 19 step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Services will be at Noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Whitesville. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with prayers at 7:00pm and on Wednesday from 9:00am until 11:00am at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro.