Ralph W. James Mr. Ralph W. James, age 87 years and 84 days old, passed away December 24, 2020. He was born in Palm Harbor, Florida on September 30, 1933 to C. P. and Beatrice Irene Whatley James. His parents, his brother Kenneth Ronald James and his beloved wife of 52 years, Ruby Fumerola James, predeceased him. One great-grandchild also predeceased him. After graduating Tarpon Springs High School in 1952, he served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1956 during the time of the Korean Conflict. Although he never participated in actual combat, he served his country in a support capacity in Guam, Japan, and Korea. During his working career, he worked for the Florida Power Co. from 1957 until his retirement in December 1992. He is survived by his sister Velma Wood, his son Eugene Javins and his wife Mary, whom Ralph and Ruby considered and loved as their daughter; seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place at 12 noon, Roberts Funeral Home Bruce Chapel West with funeral services to follow on Thursday, January 07, 2021. Interment will be in Good Shepard Cemetery beside his wife Ruby who passed away December 23, 2012. Ralph was a faithful member of Northside Missionary Baptist Church. He loved his Lord and Savior, his church, his church family, especially those special friends who frequently called to check on him. He was well respected by his "buddies" from Florida Power who also called and visited with him. In lieu of flowers, donations to either Northside Missionary Baptist Church or the Salvation Army will be appreciated.
Published by Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2021.
Ralph , was known as Wenton to all his blood relatives and friends. That is the name his parents and family members always knew him by. Also he was one of the first babies born in Mease Hospital Dunedin, Fl. His dad bartered for his hospital stay, my grandfather was in construction and helped build the hospital. I will greatly miss my Uncle Wenton he was the person I would call when I was down and needed the kind ear to listen too me. He is now with the family in heaven rejoicing. Love you Uncle Wenton.