A Legacy of Character, Strength and Faith…..
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Josephine James was born on August 2, 1941 in Monticello, Florida to the late Willie and Dennie Anderson. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Hickory Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello, Florida. She later transitioned to Second Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. J. C. Sams. In 1996, she moved her membership to the First Baptist Church of Mandarin, now known as Hopewell Church under the dynamic leadership of Senior Pastor, Dr. Gary L. Williams, Sr., where she served faithfully on the Usher Ministry greeting everyone with a smile until her health failed. She was also known for the delicious glaze pound cake, broccoli cornbread as well as the “Avon Lady”. She was known for two famous sayings, “It’s all good” and “Too da loo (her renowned words for I see or talk to you later).
Josephine James matriculated through the public school in Monticello, Florida and Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Stanton Vocational with her High School Diploma and Nursing Program. She was always very passionate about caring for others; therefore, it was very easy for her to go into that field. She served as a private nurse healthcare professional for many, many years. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Charles James on August 18, 1982. The Lord in His infinite wisdom, who does all things perfectly, sent an angel who arrived on Friday, April 26, 2019 to the bedside of Sister Josephine James at San Jose Rehabilitation and escorted her to her eternal home.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, daughter, Virginia Robinson (Harold); son, Robert Randall, Jr. (Deborah); grandchildren, Shauntel Baker, Derick Robinson, Harold L. Robinson, III, Keyda Stephenson, Isaac Robinson, Sr., Michelle Graves and Alexander Ginwright; great-grandchildren, LaDiamond, McKenzie, Isaac Jr., Tyzhane, Lexi and Tiana; sisters, Lefornia Francis (Havord) and Miner Brookins both of Monticello, Florida; brother, Willie J. Anderson of Jacksonville, Florida; sister-in-law, Lulu B. James of Hamilton, Ohio; godchildren, Veronica Allen, Keith Hunter, Joyce Williams and Stephanie Hunter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, dedicated friends too many to name, the Hopewell Church Family whom she loved dearly and her ride or die devoted friend of 50 plus years, Osie Gene Proctor.
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Southside is serving the family.