Looking toward heaven with a made-up mind, fixed heart and eyes set on Jesus,
James Stafford passed from his earthly life to eternal life Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 2020 in the presence of his home.
James was born July 16, 1950 in West Memphis, AK to Bennie Washington and Bernice McClinton. After, high school he enlisted in the United States Army which he received several awards. He received a Bachelor Degree of Arts from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN, and also reached a Master’s Degree. He was granted a membership in Kappa Beta Chapter Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. He successfully completed a course study in The Black Presence in The Bible. He worked at the Veteran Affairs of Danville, IL as a transporter, where he was given various awards.
One day while he was walking in noticed this girl that was issuing tickets for parking violations. He used to say to himself when he saw her “I’m going to get with you”. & Shortly after he got with “that girl” who was writing the tickets. He married Judith Winifred Stafford his sweetheart on January 5, 2007.
James, leaves to cherish his memories, loving wife Judith, a step-son André (Sterling) Cottrell who he helped raise of his own of Dallas, TX, six brothers Jimmie Davis, Sonnie Davis, Eager Savage, Raymond Savage, Andrew (Joy) Stafford, Percy McGee, and three sisters Tureather Watson, Katherine Hawkins, Ella Ellis, sister-in-law’s Stephanie Morris, Marianna Williams, and a favorite nephew and niece Rickey (Lynn) Watson, and many other host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents (Bennie & Bernice), his three sisters Dorothy Clayton, Joan Mitchell, Alice Davis, and a sister-in-law Odell Darnell
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at 11:00 am Monday February 3, 2020 at New Life Church of Faith 1419 N. Bowman Ave, Danville. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am until the time of the service. Officiating will be Elder Tyson Parks. Interment will follow after at Danville National Cemetery. A viewing will he held on Sunday February 2, 2020 12pm-3pm at Leek and Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St Danville.
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