James Daniel Liles III September 17, 1993 - September 9, 2012 "IN GOD'S HANDS" Jim and Gina were blessed on September 17, 1993, with the birth of James Daniel Liles III. He went with God on September 9, 2012. James graduated from Liberty High School in 2011. Even though he endured so many trials in such a short time, he always had a smile for you. James' passion was football. At the age of ten he joined Golden Empire Youth Football and played for Freedom and later he became a proud Patriot of Liberty High School. The skills he learned in football gave him the strength and courage to face the biggest battle anyone can face. He fought long and hard for four and a half years always with a smile on his face. We were very fortunate to see him graduate from Liberty High School. "Quality of Life, not Quantity" was always his mantra. James was always an inspiration to everyone, regardless of who they were. He was never one to pass judgment on anyone for he always found the good in people. Throughout his final days he still found a way to inspire everyone to appreciate every moment as if it was their last. James is survived by his parents, Jim and Gina, his big sister and biggest fan, Heather Liles, who he always found comfort in, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and an endless amount of friends who touched his life and the lives of his family. Words cannot express the gratitude felt for everyone who embraced James and his family. Services celebrating his life will be on his birthday, Monday, September 17, 2012, at 3:00pm at Valley Bible Fellowship located at 2300 East Brundage Lane in Bakersfield. Interment will be held immediately after at Shafter Cemetery. "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's TRUE STRENGTH." We all can now live in peace knowing James has won his race and can now lift his arms in victory and live forever as a winner in heaven as he was on earth. The highest honor one can give James is to inspire others as he inspired everyone. This is not goodbye, this is "see you later." He taught us to never give up regardless of the obstacles at hand. "James can continue to "do work" and make us proud on GOD'S playing field as #66." "In Christ, there are no goodbyes. And in Christ there is no end. So, we will hold on to Jesus with "ALL" that we have to see you again." Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, 2012