Walter M. James* (1938-2012) Walter M. James, 74, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at Specialty Hospital of Lorain in Amherst, Ohio.
Walter was born to his loving parents, Wallace and Annie B. (nee Jacobs) on Jan. 1, 1938 in Kokomo, Mississippi.
Walter married Stella B. (nee Olejko) on Sept. 21, 1985 in Lorain, Ohio.
He was a member of Community Baptist Church in Lorain where he served as an usher.
Walter worked at Ford Motor Co. in Lorain, Ohio retiring in 1997 after 30 years of service as a quality control inspector.
He was an avid fisherman and gardener, specializing in tomatoes and collard greens.
He loved to barbeque and his specialty was barbeque ribs. Walter enjoyed making sweet potato pie for family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years of marriage, Stella B. James; children, Carolyn Allen, of Bogalusa, La., Ronald, of Las Vegas, Nev., Janice (Lafonza) Johnson, of Elyria, Ohio, Walter M. James Jr., of Lorain, Ohio, Anita (Jon) Johansen, of San Antonio, Texas, Donna M. Shullick, of Little Hocking, Ohio, Don Shullick, of Vermilion, Ohio and Amy Osko, of Lorain, Ohio; brothers, Raymond Paige, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Major Paige, of Watts, California; and cherished grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, A.Z. James and Howard Jacobs; and sisters, Esther Lee, Ola Mae Flot, Rosa Mae and Vera Lee Carson.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will take place at the funeral home 11 a.m. Monday, Nov.19, 2012, Rev. Rufus O. Buchanan, officiating.
Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Peter Church, Capital Campaign Fund, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning Journal from November 16 to November 17, 2012.