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Walter T. James Jr.

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James, Jr., Walter T. 88, transitioned into eternity on Sunday, October 5, 2014. After leaving his birthplace in Louisiana, he joined the Navy. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he made his home in Gary, Indiana by way of Kankakee, Illinois during the early 1950s. He worked at American Bridge Steel Mill while building his business as a Master Barber. For over 50 years, he was best known for the service he provided at James New Yorker Barber Shop. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter T. James, Sr. and Ethell McGee James; 2 sisters, Juanita Brewster and Almeda Ames; first wife, Jean James; and son, Steven James, Sr. A life well lived will be remembered by his wife, Lillian James; sister, Laquita James; daughter, Rosaland (Bernard) Smith; stepson, Monte (Paquita) Moore; stepdaughters, Medina Daniels and Miya Daniels; grandchildren, Ravon (Bud) Wadley, Steven James, Jr., Michele Phillips and Joshua Smith; along with a host of relatives and friends including special friend, Bernice Willis. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. in Gary, Indiana with family hour from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 and will begin at 11:00 a.m. at First AME Church located at 2045 Massachusetts St. in Gary, Indiana.

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Published in the Post Tribune on Oct. 11, 2014
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