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Clifton James

Clifton Tular James Sr.

Thursday, March 23rd, 1944 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Clifton Tular James Sr., 75, of Norfolk Virginia peacefully passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at DePaul Medical Center.
He was born March 23, 1944 to late Charlie James, Sr. and Addie Mae James. Besides his parents he is also predeceased by three brothers Raymond James (wife Sandra), Charlie James, Jr. (wife Evelyn), Lee Otis James and one sister Mary Dozier (husband Albert).

Clifton James attended Crestwood High School in Chesapeake, VA. During his twelfth grade year in the 1960’s he became the first African American Front-End Cashier for Swann Market. Through his caring and witty personality, he assisted in breaking racial barriers during such a segregated time period. After several years he began working for DePaul Medical Center as an Environmental Service Technician, in which he worked for 30 years. Clifton James retired from DePaul in 2007.

Known to many as “Daddy James,” he was also a long time member of Healing Word Fellowship Church. Daddy James had a great love for his family and a passion for spreading love. His compassion and love was shared with everyone he encountered and every member at church. One of the highlights of Daddy James’ week was to speak to every member and visitor that he could every Sunday at church. There was not a Sunday that you would not see him greet and hug everyone as they exited the sanctuary or entered the hallway of the church.

Daddy James was also well known within the community. He could tell you your family lineage from a short conversation, from your parents, siblings, other family members, and even their friends. Daddy James was also known as the neighborhood father and grandfather. All of his children and grandchildren’s friends respected Daddy James as a father and grandfather figure.

Clifton James, Sr. is survived by one brother, Albert James (wife Shirley), two sisters, Betty Gray, Mabel Speller (husband Rufus), Ex-Wife, Janice James, Four Sons, Clifton James, Jr. (Fiancé Sherelle Thrane), Jermone James, Sr. (wife Keesha), Jermaine James (wife Tamika), Timothy James, Sr. (wife Liquita), two daughters Tameka James, Ebony Freeman (husband Kendrick), fourteen grandchildren, Jermone James Jr., Jeremiah James, Destiny James, Micah James, Jaylan James, Jayla James, Timothy James, Jr., Aliyah James, Kristian D. Hedgepeth, Elijah James, Christina James, Harmony Grimes, Kennedi Freeman, Kendrick Freeman Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, church family, and friends.

The love that was displayed by Daddy James will continue to be displayed through The James Family. His Legacy will continue through his children and grandchildren.

There will be a Public Viewing Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and a streamed funeral service Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:00 am.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held as soon as it is safe for us to gather.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 28th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, March 28th, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Monday, March 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Forest Lawn
    8100 Granby Street
    Norfolk, virginia 23505
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Sheila Sessoms Santiago

Posted at 02:45pm
My sympathy goes out to the James family. I was so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of cousin Clifton, who I grew up calling "Peacher". Our parents moved the family back the area from Maine in the 70s. Visits to my great Aunt Annie Mae (Addie Mae) home, and others enable us kids to learn of a host of loving relatives whom I have very fond memories of. "Peacher" was always such a jolly person with a fantastic smile and laughter. He always greeted you with such a level of warmth and family love that you knew no matter how many years had gone by since you last saw each other that he still recognize you.
He truly was 1 if the keepers of our family lineager. His loss will be grateful felt by our whole family.
Hold dear to the many loving memories he has left us all.
Sheila Sessoms-Santiago

Gloria Privott

Posted at 11:17am
I want to express my deepest sympathies to the James 'Family, Mr. Clifton worked with my mother Jean Jackson for many years at DePaul Medical center, Mr. Clifton was one of my patients at the Pacer Clinic, he was always kind and had a smile. Many blessings to his family and friends, he will be missed.

Cynthia Benson

Posted at 01:47pm
I count it a privilege to contribute to planting a tree for daddy James I didnt meet him personally, Bishop & prophetess Represented him well.
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Johnie Cowell

Posted at 09:31pm
Condolences to the James family,so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and to my old friend Clifton "rest in peace" from an old friend from fernwood farms road. johnie Cowell

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