On November 19, 1948, Mattie Jo and Eugene Bray welcomed a charming baby boy into their lives whom they named James. He would be one of nine children giving Eugene and Mattie Jo a run for their money.
Growing up in Wichita, KS, James attended Catholic School his entire life. He was an outgoing young man, into racing cars, bowling and of course, watching all sports. He enjoyed going to Football games and talking sports with Family. Before moving to San Diego, CA, he worked at Boeing Aircraft for four years.
In San Diego, James worked for the SD Model City Program briefly before dedicating forty years to the Navy Dept. FRCSW preparing warfighters in the Department of Defense at North Island Naval Base. James retired in 2017 after falling very ill. He passed away peacefully at Avocado Nursing Facility on May 1, 2020.
James was preceded in death by both of his parents, Eugene and Mattie Jo, and stepparents, Neal Bobo Henderson (Ann) and Mary Maxcine Birch (Donnie), and his sister Marilyn “Sissy” Yell.
James leaves as his legacy four children; three grandchildren; siblings Gloria, Amanda, Carmon and Faye, John, Jr., Carlos and Anthony, Vonda, Chere, Neale IV(Sue), Ronald (Pamela), Paul (Karen), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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