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EMERSON JR., JAMES A. James "Jim" A. Emerson Jr., was escorted by the angels to his heavenly home Thursday, August 6, 2009 in the early hours of the morning with his family by his side. Born on August 9, 1940 in High Point, NC, he moved to Sanford, FL when he was nine years old. His parents were the late J.A. Emerson, Sr. and Iris Emerson. He attended schools in Sanford and graduated from Seminole High School in 1958. Jim studied at Orlando Junior College and the University of Florida. He came back to Sanford to help his father manage their business, Central Florida Produce, Inc. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 35, but continued to work until the age of 48. As the MS progressed, Jim became bedridden, but enjoyed life at home with his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glenda; one daughter, Debbie Youngblood; one son, Jimmy Emerson; three grandchildren, Kristin and Katie Youngblood, and Tyler Emerson; in-laws, Irving and Virginia Clark; sisters-in-law, Donna (Robert) McPherson and Janice (Tony) Lopez; several nieces and nephews. You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see him, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he's gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he'd want: Smile, open your eyes, Love and go on. Friends may call on Monday, August 10, 2009 from 10 to 11 am at
Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd.,
Orange City, PH: 386-775-4260. Funeral services will follow at 11 am at the funeral home with Pastor James Hilton of the First Baptist Church of Orange City officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Municipal Cemetery in Sanford, FL.





Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 9, 2009
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