James "Papa" Jefferson

January 23, 1974 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 49) 49 Years Old

James Jefferson Obituary

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” II Timothy 4:6-8

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved brother, but we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God. Today we pause not to grieve the loss, but to thank God for the time shared and join in the Celebration of Life of James “Papa” Jefferson, our dear sweet son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. His sunrise began on January 23, 1974 in Vance, South Carolina. His sunset, January 9, 2024. James was preceded in death by his parents Odessa Miller and Motto Williams and his stepfather Willie Lee Jefferson.

James graduated from Roberts High School in Holly Hill, South Carolina. After graduation, James worked in the construction industry. At 19 years old, he accepted Christ as his personal savior, was baptized, and became a member of the Church of God Vance. It was at this point that James life took a completely new turn, when he became an accomplished self-taught percussionist; playing the drums in the praise band, serving on the audiovisual team, and dedicating his gifts and talents to the music ministry.

He is survived by his three sisters Arlether Williams (Victor Ugwu), Kathy Williams (Grant Lenued), Ruanda Williams and two brothers Otto Williams (Alexandria) and Reverend Michael Clark (Barbara). Several nieces Adrienne, Kathleena, and Mila Romero, Danielle Mamie Williams, Catherine Eleje Ugwu, Victoria Temi-Dayo Ugwu, and several nephews Andre Romero, Marcel Otto Williams, Brice Williams, Delali Kwakuyi, and Kingsley Williams. James will be greatly missed by his caregiver and special friend Elizabeth Roy as well as the hundreds of cousins, and friends who also mourn his passing.

James had a big bright smile, a joyous laugh, and a witty personality that enabled him to make friends of everyone that he met. He loved young people and felt a real responsibility and obligation to serve as a coach and mentor to young African American men in the community. James deeply believed and encouraged the young people in his community to complete high school and go on to college and university studies. James had a deep passion and joy attending car and boating shows in the local community and in Myrtle Beach.

Along the way he touched the lives of so many people. James generous spirit, humble disposition, and deep spiritual faith serves as a vibrant testimony and witness to so many people who knew and loved him.



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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
House of God Church
110 Hughes Road
Dorchester, SC 29437

Celebration of Life
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
House of God Church
110 Hughes Road
Dorchester, SC 29437

Interment following funeral service
January 27, 2024

Greater Target and Bethel AME Cemetery
Target Road
Holly Hill, SC, SC 29059


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