In Loving Memory of
Mr. John T. James
Mr. John Thomas James, 83, devoted father, grandfather and mentor to many, departed this life on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Peak Resource Center in Gastonia, North Carolina. He was born in Columbia, S C, the son of the late Ed and Sarah Bagley James.
Mr. James was a dedicated member of MIMS (Mentors Inspiring Males for Success), Life Time member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, National Association of Black Veterans, Lions Club, NAACP, George Washington Carver Consistory #172, The Order of the Eastern Star, and .
Anyone who met him immediately knew how passionate he was about education. He attended South Carolina State University on a basketball scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree and pursued doctoral courses at New York University. John proudly served the United States Army from 1957- 1960 as a military policeman. He spent the bulk of his career as an educator, serving in a variety of roles throughout Gaston County, first as community director of the Boys and Girls Club (formerly Boys Club). Many remember John as the “go-to” counselor at Gaston College while also supporting students to continue their education at a four year institutions. In his “retirement” years he served as an elementary school principal, civic leader and developed a furniture business to keep himself busy.
Mr. James will truly be missed.