Philip Edgerton James, Jr. aged 72 years, died peacefully on November 22, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. A native New Orleanian, Phil was born November 30, 1940 to Philip Edgerton James and Lorraine Berdami James. He was a graduate of St. Martin's Episcopal School and Tulane University where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Phil earned his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law School. He practiced law for 49 years and was managing partner at the firm co-founded by his father, Henican, James & Cleveland. Phil was pre-deceased by his parents and is survived by the love of his life, Natalie Bernius James. He is also survived by a daughter, Lorraine (Lorri) James Murray (husband, J. Stanton Murray), and two sons, Philip Edgerton James, III (wife Susan Spell James) and Michael Seaver James. He is also survived by six adoring grandsons who lovingly knew him as "Gops": James Stanton Murray, Philip Thompson Murray, Philip Edgerton James IV, William Bishop James, Henry Brewster James and Andrew Wade James. He is also survived by his sister, Jocelyn James Holthouser (husband John) and niece, Sarah Holthouser and nephews, James and Jordan Holthouser all of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Phil was an avid sailor and a senior member of the Southern Yacht Club. He served on the club's Board of Governors and was a Past Commodore. At the time of his death he was Secretary of the board of directors of The Eureka Homestead Society and legal counsel to the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau serving Southeast Louisiana. In the years following Hurricane Katrina he offered pro bono legal assistance to the St. Paul's Homecoming Center, assisting people restore and renew lives and rebuild homes. Phil was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, having been baptized, confirmed and married there. Throughout his life at St. Paul's he had been an acolyte, lay reader and Sunday School teacher; he served as the church's Treasurer and was several times the church vestry's Senior Warden. For the last 35-years he was the church's Chancellor, providing legal counsel to the vestry and rectors. THE FAMILY RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS THAT IN LIEU OF FLOWERS DONATIONS BE MADE TO ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. A funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm at 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124. Visitation will immediately follow the service at the Southern Yacht Club, 402 North Roadway Drive.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2013