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James.

Beloved son. Cherished brother. Incredible friend.

Born in Artesia, California with golden hair you were known as a screamer. You quickly grew into a chubby-cheeked, very busy toddler and made your presence known in every crazy way.

You loved wearing your cowboy boots — even on a certain snowy day in your birthday suit. Though there was more than one James in your class; you were known as James with the boots.

Growing up you were busy in basketball, baseball, and collecting lost golf balls with Sarah in the ponds, streams, and tumbleweeds to sell to the passing-by golfers. Who needs a lemonade stand? You had “Golfball Heaven”, your own traveling golf shop.

Transplanted to AL in 1996, you took the city of Trussville by storm — especially once you starting driving your Cameros. Parkway Christian Academy brought basketball and new brothers, proms and southern belles.

It was at Auburn University you took on the nickname Cornflake. You attended football games, took Organic Gardening (a rite of passage at Auburn) and a Bowling 101 class; which according to Daddy taught you how to bowl incorrectly. You graduated with a degree in MIS and a whole new family of friends.

And during every season of life there was always The Lake. Summer after summer spent skiing, inner tubing, and floating with your nieces and nephews. You took hanging out to a whole new level of fun, whether it be board games, hilarious Mad-libs, tubing on the Mambo, or showing us some crazy movie.

As an uncle you pitched in by holding babies and tickling toddlers. You were helpful and dependable.

You make every story better, every memory brighter, and every one of us smile who’s had the privilege of calling you family or friend.

There is a hole in each of our lives, now with you gone. We already miss you terribly, but know that we will see you again one day, as we praise our Heavenly Father together in glory.

We love you, James. See you soon.

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18 replies
  1. Laura B.
    Laura B. says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Katie! What an awesome brother you had! Reading the eulogy it made me think of my own great brother and looking at his pic made me think of my own blonde haired son move brown haired sisters. Will be sending extra love to my brother today and extra hugs to my 4 year old blonde son today!

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  2. Katrina Shannon
    Katrina Shannon says:

    May God comfort you in your loss, Katie! Prayers for you and yours during this time <3

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  3. Myra
    Myra says:

    Katie, thank you for sharing this beautiful Eulogy. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you and your family in prayer.

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  4. Sheena
    Sheena says:

    Katie, I weep for your loss. Death is an unwelcome intruder. I’m thankful you will meet your brother again in heaven. Lots of Love from Australia, May Jesus carry you and bind up your broken hearts oxox

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  5. Marilyn Saxon
    Marilyn Saxon says:

    Eulogy was so very special to me. Love pervaded! Love is what will lift you and keep you.
    I remember my son’s love and he inspires me to love on….. that’s what I remember the most! I remember his love, his kindnesses, his courage! Making statements about the beautiful, courageous people in our lives is so necessary. It is part of our healing.

    God bless you.
    Marilyn

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  6. Becky Jones
    Becky Jones says:

    Katie,
    So sorry for your loss because he had so much to live for but then again he is with his Lord and Savior. We lost our Bible Study teacher last Monday to Ovarian cancer after battling it for 7 years. Her homegoing service was wonderful and a call for more to come to our blessed Lord and Savior.
    Becky

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