Bruce Wellington James


unknown - November 1, 2011

Bruce Wellington James, 83, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at Riverview Nursing Center, Mokane. He was born on January 3, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of the late John Dean James and Sylvia Mercedes Spiller. He was united in marriage on May 6, 1957, in Ardmore, Okla., to Mary MaxCine Franks, who resides at the home. A veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, Mr. James retired in 1997 as an administrator with the Missouri Department of Social Services. In earlier years, he was a professional basketball player for the Court Jesters in Portland, Ore., and served as a principal at Booker T. Washington School, Purcell, Okla. He was a member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher. Bruce was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was involved with Rural Prison Ministries, Congregations United for Racial Equality, and the Zoning Commission. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed playing horseshoes, cards, ping-pong, and dominoes. Survivors include four daughters, Sylvia (Edward) Wilson, Jefferson City, Fran Z. (John) Ramirez, Queens, New York, Joy (Tom) Hayden, Plano, Texas, and Aquita B. Westley, Lee's Summit; seven grandchildren, Eudoria Wilson, Thomas Hayden, Auriel McGill, Evonne Wilson, Emani Wilson, Lyric Westley, and Joshua James Hayden; one aunt, Melba Jean Spiller, Edwardsville, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Ernest Samuel Sloan II; one sister, Vivian Jones; and one brother, Eugene Jones. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at Second Baptist Church, 501 Monroe Street, Jefferson City, with the Rev. Cornell C. Sudduth Sr. officiating. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2011, at Mount Joy Missionary Baptist Church, 327 Olive Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011, at the Edwardsville church. Burial with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086; American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109; American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1013 Columbia, MO 65205; or Alzheimer's Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, Jefferson City, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at

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