John Henry James Jr., age 89, entered peaceful rest on Friday, May 31, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. John was born on August 13, 1929 in Jacksonville, Florida to John Henry James, Sr. and Julia Rutledge, the oldest of two. He was educated in the Duval County School System. He enlisted in the United States Army and afterwards worked as a pullman porter with the railroad. He also worked for A&P Bakery, from which he retired.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a young adult and was a lifelong active member of Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He had a passion for singing and sang with different groups and choirs. He served as deacon and was the head deacon for several years. He also was the church and school custodial.
John married Luvenia Theresa Cooper on May 13, 1969. From that union four children were born and six children were adopted. He was a loving husband and his children will remember him as a kind, patient and doting father.
He was preceded in death by his father, John James, Sr.; his mother Julia Rutledge; his wife, Luvenia James; his sister, Victoria Rogers; and daughters, Connie Doby-Matthew and Cheryl Doby.
He is survived by daughters, DeNaye James, Chaniq James, Sabrina James, April James, and Jimmeka James; sons, Delbert Hill, John James III, David James, Carnell James and Arsenio James; god-children Albert Folson, JaMichael Folson, Allyson Folson, Thalia Miller, Deirdreonna Lomas, twins Teresa Young and Elisa Young and Kevin Hudson; grandchildren, LaShawn Dantzler, Shawnae Dantzler, Quanaye Jay, Emmanuel James, Autumn Brooks-Hill, Desmond Hill, Delbert Hill Jr., Jeremy Hill, Jya’queeza James, Brishonda James, Jamairis James, Leonard Brunson, U’Nique Brunson, Ja’khari James, Joye Matthews, Trey Matthews, Christopher Jennings, Wilhelmina James, Craig James and Lonnie Lewis; great-grandchildren, Ny’India Dantzler, Shawn Dantzler, Ahnesty Holliman, Keeshaun Glover Jr., Addison Glover, Addyson Matthew, Legend Hill, Knowledge James, Dream James, Iyanna Johnson, Jaleah Calhoun, Delvion Scott and Shad Hill Jr.; nephew, Virgil Rogers III; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was a father figure to many that will also miss him deeply.
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Northside is serving the family.