There are many people who will come your way in life, but only a few that will leave a "lifetime" of impressions. Ida Vivian James "IV", 87, of Barnwell, was one of those people.
Mrs. Ida Vivian James departed this life on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Barnwell Southern Palmetto Hospital.
Celebration of life service for Mrs. Ida Vivian James was held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Saint Paul Baptist Church, Snelling, with Rev. Milton Gaines officiating. Burial followed in the Hope Memorial Cemetery.
Ida was born in Lamiston, Ala. on December 14, 1926. She later moved with her parents to Coy, Ala. where she attended the Lutheran School and later Coy Public School. There she met the love of her life, Albert James, and was united in holy matrimony on August 23, 1945. Later she moved to Barnwell in 1951 with her husband who became employed at DuPont (aka Savannah River Site). From this union there were eight children, Henry, Georgia Ann, Johnny, Geraldine, Jesse (deceased), Cynthia, Beverly and Valarie. Ida joined New Zion Baptist Church in Coy, Ala. at an early age. After she and husband (Albert) moved to Barnwell they joined St. Paul Baptist Church (1960) where they remained faithful and dedicated members until death. Ida served on the usher board and was the usher and church treasurer for 59 years. Ida worked for Barnwell School District 45 school cafeteria, Shuron Eyeglass Factory, E.T. Barwick Rug Factory, Barnwell County Head start Program and the Litchfield Head start Program as a foster grandparent.
Ida was a faithful member of the Rising Star Chapter #284 for 25 years and remained a dedicated member until her health began to decline. She received her 25-year service pin February 2013. she was a faithful member of the St. John Benevolent Society for many years.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert James; son, Jesse Leon James; parents, Beatrice and Mallie Jackson; mother-in-law, Alice Spenser; brothers, Johnny, Ellis and James Jackson; sister, Lillie Mae; sister and brother-in-law, Carrie Bell and Thomas McNeal; aunts, Lucy Christian, Peter and Nancy Wilcox; uncle, Theodore Wilcox; grandmother, Georgia Wilcox; son-in-law, Gerald Hay.
She leaves to cherish her memories sons, Henry James, Johnny James (Marilyn) both of Barnwell; daughters, Georgia An Roberts of Barnwell, Geraldine (Marvin) Coleman of Houston, Tex., Cynthia James, Beverly Jackson both of Barnwell, Valerie Hay of Rock Hill; daughters-in-law Florie and Rose James of Barnwell; sisters, Bessie Mae Kaiser of Mobile, Ala., Geraldine Jackson of Roosevelt, N.Y., Viola Jackson of Cleveland, OH; brothers, Richard Telford and David Jackson of Cleveland, OH; brother-in-law, James Wilson (Jessie Clyde) of Chicago, Ill.; sister-in-law, Rosetta Angion of Coy, Ala.; twenty-seven grandchildren, forty-five great-grands and fourteen great-great-grands, and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
Lebby's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The People-Sentinel 04/23/14
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