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Earnest Jr. James

October 22, 1940 May 2, 2012
Earnest  Jr. James
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Obituary for Earnest Jr. James

Earnest James, Sr., 71, of Carlisle, departed this life May 2, 2012. He was born to Beatrice Smith and the late James A. James, in Moro, Arkansas on October 22, 1940. He was a kind soul who never met a stranger and was always willing to offer a hand to anyone who needed it.

During his life here on earth, he was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle, Ar, where he served as an usher and was affiliated with other ministries in the church. He also served a time as a volunteer fireman for the Carlisle Fire Department.

He worked most of his life in the farming industry before retiring 10 years ago. After retirement, he found simple enjoyment in his daily morning walks. He was supportive to his family and the apple of his grandchildren’s eyes.

Just as the sun rose on Tuesday, October 22, 1940, the sun set on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 when he crossed into the gates of eternity. Preceding him in death is his father, James A. James; stepmother, Mahaley James; stepfather, Alex Davis; Eldest son, Earnest (Bubba) James, Jr.; grandson, Adryan Spencer; two brothers, Larry James and Franklin James, and sister, Kathryn Almond.

He leaves behind to cherish the memories of his life, his beloved mother, Beatrice Smith-Davis, his devoted wife of 49 years, Essie Mae James; four daughters, Lora (Timmy) Powell of Carlisle, Conya (Gary) Spencer of Lonoke, Antwuanette Ricks of Carlisle, and Angelia (Tim) James of Carlisle; Four sons, Neal James of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Danny (Mary) James of Conway, Reggie (Leigh) James of North Aurora, IL, and Michael Bradley of California; one God daughter, Latoya Cooney-Burley; Ten siblings, Jimmy James, Rev. Bobby James, Courtney James, Nellie Ward, Gloria Kidd, Roxie Holden, Linda Harvey, Kathy Logan, Nena James and Tammy Johnson; Sixteen grandchildren, LaRisha (Cody) Nelson, Timothy (Merina) Powell, Jr., Tamara Powell, Adriana James, Trenton Spencer, Tyler Spencer, Alexis James, Cole Childs, Quinn Childs, Julia Croley, Latisha James, Cadarius James, Adrienne Barnett, Timothy Barnett, Deron Ricks II and DeShaye Ricks; six great grandchildren Braylon Nelson, Kaisey Nelson, Cody Nelson, Chloe Nelson, Tayvion Metcalf, and Makynzie Powell, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Gateway Fellowship International, 101 Alice Lane, Lonoke, AR Interment Carlisle Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Arrangements entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 8821 Colonel Glenn, Little Rock 565-1800  www.larrygacklinfuneralhomes.com

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