Dr. Frederick C. James

Dr. Frederick C. James, age 67, of 274 Edgewood Dr. died Friday, July 19, at the Baptist Hospital in Columbia.

He was born in Long Beach, Calif., and was a son of the late Charles and Caroline Jicha James.

Dr. James, affectionately known as "Scrap Iron James" was a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and received his PhD in botany from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

He taught at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa for two years before he began his long career at Presbyterian College teaching there for 31 years and just retiring at the end of this school year.

Dr. James was so loved and respected by his students at PC, that twice he was selected Professor of the Year, first in 1982 and second in 2002. One of his students went on to discover a new plant and named it Smilax jamesi in honor of Dr. James. He was also well- known for his biology trips to the Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Africa and Hawaii.

Not only was he known by his friends for his great sense of humor and friendly manner, but as a member of the Virginia High School Hall of Fame for scoring 83 points in a single basketball game, the most points ever scored in a single game.

Dr. James was a loved member, deacon and Sunday School teacher of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Joanna Hardee James of the home; two daughters, Donna Davis and Julie James, both of Clinton; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Justin Davis of Clinton; one brother, Kevin James of Washington; two sisters, Caroline Whitley and Sandra Cecil both of Portsmouth, Va.

A memorial service will be conducted today, July 21, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Clinton, 301 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325. - Gray Funeral Home of Clinton.

Published in The Greenville News on July 21, 2002