Joseph Lervin James, Jr. was born on March 12, 1967, in Houston, Texas. He transitioned to eternity with his Lord on February 28, 2018, in Richardson, Texas, at age 50.
A graduate of Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Louisiana, Joseph went on to enlist in the United States Air Force and served his country from 1986 to 1999. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Joseph was a Senior Principal Multi-Disciplined Engineer at Raytheon where he worked for almost 19 years until his transition.
Affectionately regarded as "Joe" by family and friends, Joseph enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered for the many gatherings he hosted in his home. A master chef in his own right, Joseph delighted in boasting of his signature gumbo which he looked forward to serving each New Year. He most delighted in studying God's word.
Joseph was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he served as an associate minister, sang in the Male Chorus, and taught Men's Bible Study for many years. He also cooked and catered for various ministries and church events. A genuine minister at heart, Joseph also served as a service ambassador and Chaplain at Chamberland Funerals & Cremations. He thoroughly enjoyed serving others.
Caring. Outgoing. Loving. Charismatic. Humorous. Intelligent. Counselor. Preacher. Teacher. Friend. Joseph James will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Lervin James, Sr. Those left to cherish precious memories and continue his legacy of love include his wife, Trina; children: Mikaela Trinae, An'Jae Nycole, and Zion K'dyn Joseph; mother, Aslee Johnson; mother-in-law, Mary (Danny) Smith; father-in-law, J.J. "Papa J" Jackson; siblings: Ronald (Eva) Fenceroy. Patricia (Darrell) Madison, Darrenn James, Beverly (Sonner) Moore, Felicia (Darrell) Brantley, Anthony James, Joseph James, Edna James, Kelesha James, Rev. Louis (Tamesha) James, and Devan James; siblings-in-law: Karen "Sheila" (John) Farrar, Jason Jackson, Jon "J" Jackson, and John C. (Yolanda) Jackson; aunts: Annie Eaglin, Velma Malbrough, Patricia Rosette, Ruby Simien, Thelma Livingston, and Mary Hines; uncles: Hezekiah Jones and Leo Thompson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.