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James "Jim" Isaiah Rundles, died March 13 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was born in Jackson July 9, 1920, the eldest son of the late James Isaiah Rundles and Beatrice King Rundles.

James Rundles was a graduate of Lanier High School and Southern Christian Institute. He was the first African American to enlist in the U.S. Marines and was a member of the Montford Point Marines of Camp LeJeune. President Obama awarded this unit the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor in 2012.

Many will remember "Jim" Rundles for his "Up and Down Farish Street", which was published in the Jackson Advocate for sixty-seven years. A strong civil rights advocate, he used his influence as a journalist to "write" the wrongs.

Mattie Singleton Rundles, his wife of sixty-seven years, passed away in 2013. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Samuel, Joel, and Paul, and a sister, Ruth Rundles Easterling.

He is survived by a son, Reginald Ingram and a host of relatives and friends.

Published in Clarion Ledger on Mar. 21, 2014
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