Mr. James graduated from Florida A & M High School and attended Florida A& M University. His education was interrupted during his senior year when he was called upon to help care for his terminally ill mother. Following her death he remained in Madison and began his career in business working with his father. He also worked for the Seaboard Coastline and retired from Amtrak Railways in the mid 1980’s.
Mr. James married Marybelle Victry of Tampa, Florida on September 10, 1940 and they remained married for 65 years. Together they had five children, one of whom preceded them in death. Mr. James is a proud and loving father of five children, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He delights in the phone calls and visits of his children and grandchildren.
As a proud resident of Madison, Mr. James has served in several social and civic capacities. Most notably among these is his tenure as a City Commissioner. Having the opportunity to serve as Mayor of the City of Madison was one of the proudest moments in his life. Mr. James still serves as a member emeritus of the Capital City Bank Board.
When asked his feelings regarding having lived such a long and productive life Mr. James said,” It feels good. I have tried to treat people the way I want to be treated. God has been very been good to me and I am thankful.”
At the blessed age of 95, Mr. James continues to devote himself to the well-being of his family and those in the community that he loves. The celebration of his longevity will include a birthday dinner and worship service at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. JAMES AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS!