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Billy Earl James Jr.
November 3, 1980 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 43) 43 Years Old
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Billy Earl James, Jr., 43, passed away on December 21, 2023 in Orange Park, FL. He was born on November 3, 1980, at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA, to Vernia Denise and Billy Earl James, Sr.
Bill was a very energetic, funny and extremely bright kid. He was better known to many of his loved ones by the nickname, ‘Stinka’, during his early years. As a child, Billy loved playing sports and was very athletic with a competitive nature. Billy and his older brother, Alonzo, would spend hours competing at nearly everything - like who can spell the best, shoot the ball better, throw the ball the farthest, kick the ball the hardest. Billy was always ready for a challenge. His competitive nature followed from his home life into school where he received good grades at Carl B. Munck Elementary School and on to Montera Middle School in Oakland Hills. He also played football at Berkeley High School and McClymonds High School during the years 1997 to 2000. In 2008, Billy attended Moler Barber College in Oakland with his goal set on becoming a professional barber. He grew up to be a man full of patience, wisdom and very principled. When he spoke, he had a way of expressing himself that was thought-provoking, but also incredibly comical, which was one of his gifts. Bill’s witty and powerful personality had a way of commanding any room.
Billy was preceded on “The Home Going Journey” by his parents.
Billy was a kind man, loved his family and leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Ameena and Aaliyah James with his ex-longtime girlfriend, Adrienne Drain; brothers, Alonzo Davis and Tommy James; sister, Latasha James; aunt, Voncille Murphy-Calton; uncles, John Calton and Randy Murphy and a host of other family members and friends.