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Raymond Alexander James

Born: Sat., May 27, 1939
Died: Mon., Apr. 11, 2016


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 15, 2016
Location: Wright Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Apr. 16, 2016
Location: St Luke #2 Missionary Baptist Church

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Mr. Raymond "Ray" James, 76, of 4167 Sherer Road, Sharon, SC, entered into eternal rest with his family by his side, Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home.  Born May 27, 1939 in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, he was a son of the late O'Neil and Veronica Innis James.  

Ray was married to Dorothy McCoy James for 48 years, who was by his side not only in death, but during his lengthy illness.  They reared three children: Xiomara James, Alicia McDonald, and Teressa King.  They also assisted many of their nieces and nephews, especially Donisha and Andrew James.  He was a gentle spirit, and constantly lended a helping hand to his entire family.

A United States Army veteran, Ray worked for many years as a Receiving Manager at Calvin Klein.  He was enlisted as a great friend of Barry Schwartz, who guided him into occupations that were meaningful and enjoyable.

Ray gave his life to God and joined Faith Baptist Church in New York, where he served on the Usher Board and was a father to the Youth Choir.  Upon moving to SC, he joined St. Luke #2 Baptist Church, where he served as a Trustee and member of the Hymn Choir.  These were two ministries that he dearly loved.  Many times you would hear him lead "We Have Come Into His House Gathered in His Name to Worship Him."

Ray is preceded in death by his parents O'Neil and Veronica James; two brothers, Lloyd Adams and Leroy Adams; and four sisters, Mae Agnes, Dee Maurice, Norma and Lorraine.

He leaves the following to cherish fond memories: his loving wife, Dorothy James of the home; three daughters, Xiomara James and Teressa King both of Bronx, NY, and Alicia McDonald of Tennessee; two sisters, Elisa Hill of New York and Pauline Williams (Willie) of California; one brother, Melbourne Williams James (Marci) of US Virgin Islands; five aunts, Irma Jean Mercer (Freddie), Bernice, Mercedes, Winnie Fred, and Margie Nichols (Therial); four uncles, Ray Innis, Paul Hartford, Wilmoth Hartford, and Caswell Wilbert; as well as a grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at St. Luke # 2 Baptist Church in Sharon, SC.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Friday, April 15, 2015 at Wright Funeral Home.


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R. Sweatman
   Posted Tue April 12, 2016
My condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. The pain of grief we feel when our loved ones die can sometimes be unbearable. The comforting words from our heavenly father Jehovah found at Isaiah 25:8; He (God) will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe the tears from all faces, and Psalm 34:18; Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit, will help you to cope with the grief and sadness now and in the days ahead.

(Mrs.) Mary H. Wms.-Carter
   Posted Wed April 13, 2016
I am extending sympathy, and grief for your family members. May your fond memories ease the loss, and uplift you forever. May God keep you wrapped with his shields of protection, and love with his son, Jesus.

Julie Self
   Posted Wed April 13, 2016
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of the family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, my heartfelt condolences.

Janice Fowler
   Posted Fri April 15, 2016
God's unfailing grace and sweet peace to you and your family during this time of loss. Feel sad if you have too, rejoice even when you don't feel like it. Cherish everything. Love, love - Janice and Phil Fowler

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