Mr. Tommie James was born on May 11, 1928, in Jackson, MS to the late Maggie Houseworth and Spencer James. He died on December 9, 2018, after a brief illness. Five (5) siblings preceded him in death: Houseworth James, Spencer James, Sr.,Jeraldine James, Eleanor Jennings, and Bettie Green.
He is survived by his wife Maggie, his sons, Vincent and Eric (Sarah) James, her daughter, Polly Sampson, her granddaughter, Christian, his sister Terlina Daniels, his brothers Elijah and William (Clydine) James, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and dear friends.
Tommie confessed his faith in Christ at an early age and joined his family as members of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. At 14 years old, Tommie left his parents and the Pocahontas, MS countryside to start work. He took up residence at a boarding house in Jackson, MS and held various jobs, including in a bakery. In the early 1900s, it was common for African Americans to migrate to the North, West and Mid-West regions of the US. At 16, Tommie moved to New York City to join his brother and other family members.
After serving in the US Army and receiving an honorable discharge, Tommie returned to New York where he met Joan Headley, his first wife. They lived in Manhattan and eventually moved to The Bronx, where they raised their family and were active members of the Thessalonia Baptist Church.
He worked for Con Edison in New York City for most of his working life. Over the course his career, he steadily advanced to supervisory positions and retired as a Plant Engineer.
After his retirement in 1984, he relocated to the Atlanta suburb of East Point, GA where he lived for 14 years and served as a faithful member of Mt Ephraim Baptist Church. He then moved to Madison, MS and rejoined Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Three years ago, he was united in holy matrimony to his loving wife Maggie and they moved to Jackson, MS.
While his formal education was limited to primary school, he was an avid reader and sought to educate himself on a variety of topics, especially religion, politics, and finance. He knew the importance of a good education. Family and friends would seek his counsel and appreciate his intelligent and compassionate perspective.
Tommie was extremely devoted to his family and saw himself as a caregiver whenever necessary. He took care of his first wife when she suffered a stroke until she passed in 2008. He was also there for his sister Eleanor and brother Spencer in Atlanta and for his sister Bettie in Jackson.
Family reunions were very important to him, and he encouraged family members to attend as often as they could. It was an opportunity to see people’s journeys continue and to honor those who have passed.
His passing leaves a significant void in the lives the many that were fortunate enough to have known him.
The funeral will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018, and will be handled by Peoples Funeral Home, 886 North Farish Street, Jackson, MS 39202 (601) 969-3040. Because education was always important to him, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the United Negro College Fund [give.uncf.org].
" And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
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