James Columbus Rosette

July 9, 1938 ~ May 26, 2019 (age 80)

James Columbus Rosette was born July 9, 1938 to Tarzie and Hurley Rosette, Sr. He was second to the oldest of four children. James formal education was in Jennings, LA. He attended and graduated high school in Hahnville, LA.

James married Elsia Jefferson and from that union they had three children. He loved and cherished Elsia until her death. 

James joined the military and served in the Army and Navy, where he was honorably discharged from both branches. 

James had a very elaborate boxing career: As an amateur he defeated former light heavyweight contenders Mac Foster and Jerry Quarry, and lost a close decision to Cassius Clay. His pro record was 19 wins and 11 losts.

James loved kickin’ it with his boys as he called them, Tony and Phil. Listening to his Blues in the backyard or having Nevaeh read to him or pray with him. James loved him some football, when football season rolled around he was so in tuned it was like he was on the field with the players. 

James left this life to go enjoy his heavenly home on May 26, 2019.

James was preceded in death by his beautiful wife Elsia; parents Hurley, Sr. and Tarzie; brother Herbert Lee Rosette; and sister Worendia Rosette; and great-granddaughter and Nailah Amina Adair.

James is survived by two sons, Darrell (Luwana) Rosette, Santee, CA), and Dwayne Rosette, Santee, CA; daughter Charlotte Alexander (Anthony), San Diego; brother Hurley Rosette, Jr. Huntsville, LA; sister Ella Powell, Brooklyn, NY; nine grandchildren Lakia Sombright, Isiah Sombright, Brittany Rosette, Khalil Rosette, Lachandre Miles, Cherelle Henderson, Christopher Rosette, Anthony Alexander II, and Marijah Alexander; four great- grandchildren Nevaeh Valle-Ameed, Avery Hendrerson, Myles Henderson. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

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