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Mr. Sumpter A. “Bubba” James, III passed from this life into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 5. Sumpter was a native of Madison and graduated from Madison County Training School (Class of 1962). He served in the U.S. Army and settled in Ft. Pierce, Fl. after his discharge. A resident of Ft. Pierce for the past 40 years, Mr. James was employed by the St. Lucie County Health Department as an Environmental Specialist. He served as a community activist and was instrumental in drafting federal school desegregation policies for the St. Lucie County School District. He was an active member and church officer of Goodwill Presbyterian Church and a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Sumpter was the son of the late Sumpter James, Jr. and Marybelle James. He was married to the late Polly Hanna James and the loving father of three children: Sumpter A. “Chip” James, IV, Steward Andrew James and Hanna Loryta James. Among other grieving relatives leaves one brother, Stanley L. James and two sisters: Melba James McCarty and Sharon James Postrell. Funeral services for Mr. James will be held at Indian River Presbyterian Church in Ft. Pierce, Fl. on Thursday, February 12 at 2 p.m. A graveside service and internment were held on Saturday, February 14 at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stone Brothers Funeral Home, 317 7th Street, Ft. Pierce and Ganzy’s of Madison, respectively.