James Avery passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends of Dixon, Calif., on April 15, 2011.
He was born to Ruth and James Addison Avery in Salinas, Calif., on April 17, 1940.
After James graduated high school, he was in the Navy band, stationed in Japan for four years. Then, James went to San Jose State University and graduated with a teaching credential in special education. He was a special education teacher for various schools within Solano County for 30 years.
James was a member of the Downtown Dixon Business Association, Marks Growing Center, Navy Band Association, former member of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and the Dixon Boat Club.
James was preceded in death by parents, James and Ruth Avery; and wife, Jean Avery (married 18 years).
James was a loving husband to his wife of 24 years, Susan Avery; a loving father to his son, James Avery Jr. and his wife Deanna; his daughter, Alison Brummit and her husband Josh; and his adopted children, Pedro and Alicia Moreno. Poppy will be missed by his grandchildren, Bria, David, Emily, Joshua and Autumn. He is also survived by his brother, Gary Avery of Scott, Ark., his sister, Vicki Avery of Chillicothe, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Jau Lee and caregiver, Melinda DeRia, for their kindness and professionalism.
A memorial will be held at Hope House, 6996 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville, Calif., on Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. An Irish Wake will be held at 1055 West A St., Dixon, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mark's Growing Center, c/o Yellow Brick Road, 317 Parker St., Vacaville, Calif., or Soroptimist "Touch From Above," P.O. Box 472 Dixon, CA 95620.
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