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Edward James

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Edward Christopher James

Edward Christopher James, 80 passed away June 2, 1016 peacefully in his sleep.  He was born February 11, 1936, in Battle Creek Michigan to Christopher Columbus and Mary Beatrice  (Hayden) James.  Edward attended the Battle Creek Public schools and graduated from Central High School.  He later attended Kellogg Community College and Michigan State University becoming a licensed social worker. Edward's work history was expansive and diverse finally ending in retirement from the Battle Creek Public Schools.

With a host of family and friends, he is survived by wife, Jacqueline (Crawford) Patrick-James; daughters Kim James, Karen James-Parker, Java Holiday, Christy Evans-James, Edwina Holsey, Carmen James and son Edward Peterson. Additionally his step children include Marcus (Brandy) Patrick, step-daughters Kristin Patrick and Shannon Patrick, a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Mark Edward James; brothers, Willie James, Robert James, Columbus James, Otis James, sisters Verlie Williams, Beatrice James and Margaret McKinney.

He was a private person and enjoyed self time by walking and people watching.  He loved God, his family and the community. He was a community activist and family advocate for economics stability, racial equality and helped the sheltering of economic disadvantaged where possible. He loved his grandchildren and loved to laugh.

Memorial services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Emmanuel Covenant International Church, 585 Hubbard Road, Battle Creek, MI.  Presiding Official Associate Pastor Malcomb Crawford.  Arrangements by Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service (269) 788-9800.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on June 12, 2016
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