Deacon Freddie James Jr., 70, husband of Pauline Skinner James, departed this earthly life on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at his home.

Born on Jan. 1, 1944, in Swansea, he was a son of the late Freddie Sr. and Rebecca Favor James. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Ebenezer High School Class of 1963. He was employed as a professional painting contractor with Philips National Co. He later established and was the owner of James Painting Co. He was a great employer and was affectionately known as "Big Daddy" by his employees. Deacon James was always willing to help anyone who was in need and for this he was tremendously blessed. Deacon James was a very active and devoted member of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, where he served on the trustee board, gospel choir, senior choir and as assistant chairman of the deacon board, until his health began to fail. He loved his church family.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and devoted wife, Pauline Skinner James of the home; one son, Fred James III of Asbury Park, New Jersey; five daughters, Judith (Ernest) McCollom of Camden, Franzenia Cowans of Arlington, Virginia, Talana (Kawan) Glover, Kendra James and Tisha Johnson, all of Rembert; five grandchildren, Tomeash Jenkins of Spartanburg, Dequan Glover and Miracle Johnson of Rembert, and Arkell and Arie Johnson of Columbia; two brothers, Wallace (Matasha) James of Rembert and Julius (Rosavell) James of Columbia; one sister, Linder (Thomas) Graham of Rembert; a very special niece, Tracy (Michael) Werfele of San Antonio, Texas; three brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; a special son-in-law, Evangeline Johnson of Dalzell; a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death was two brothers, Daniel and Leroy James; and one sister, Martha Singleton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 9250 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Freddie Thomas, pastor, eulogist, Bishop A.D. Givens, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Mamie Addison, the Rev. Lelia Stewart and Lay Pastor Thoyd Warren.

The family will be receiving friends and relatives at the home, 3275 Merlene Nixon Road, Rembert.

The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.

The procession will leave at 1:20 p.m. from the home.

Floral bearers will be family and friends.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Burial will be in Mt. Bethel Baptist Churchyard cemetery.

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Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.