James Arberry was born on November 24, 1950 to Ruth and Henry James Arberry in Farmersville, LA. He was the eldest of seven children.
The family later moved to San Diego and James received his education in the local school system and graduated from Snyder High School.
At an early age James was baptized at Mt. Erie Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. M.H. Haywood.
James was united in holy matrimony to Linda Faye Arberry (Shavers) on November 18, 1970. This union was blessed with four children.
James was a loving father, son, brother, cousin, and friend. He was very supportive of his children and grandchildren, present at an endless amount of birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, baby showers, and all holiday events.
James was a very friendly and social person and had many friends and admirers. He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, stylish appearance, and big personality. He was the life of the party, always happy and ready to have a good time.
James continued his education at the University of Phoenix where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management, and later became employed within the institution. Throughout his tenure at UOP he held several positions within the organization. He started in 1997 as a Student Services Representative and retired in 2014 in the position of Academic Affairs Supervisor. He received several awards and was recognized for his hard work and exemplary service. He truly enjoyed his work and the students and faculty with whom he worked with.
James transitioned from this life to eternal rest on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was preceded in death by his son, James Harold Arberry, Jr.; parents, Henry James and Ruth Arberry; sister Patricia Ann Williams; and brother Terry Arberry.
James leaves to cherish his memory; wife Linda Faye Arberry of San Diego; three daughters Rochelle Denise Stewart of San Diego, Laverne Y. Arberry-Lamb (Johnny Lamb) of Windcrest, TX, and Marlene Rene Arberry of El Cajon, CA; two brothers Henry Clyde, and Edward Glen Arberry of San Diego; two sisters Connie Arberry-Wright (Artis Wright), and Teleda Arberry of San Diego; sixteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host other relatives, and many friends who will mourn his passing.