Mr. James Speights of Cottondale, Florida, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 18th at home with his family at his side. He was 61 years old.
A native of Jackson County, he was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Henshaw Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he served as a Steward, Class Leader, Financial Secretary, Church Treasurer, and was a active member of the Combined Choir, Church School, Greeters People Ministry. James was also a member of the NAACP, President of Sons of Allen and of The United Professionals.
James was a graduate of Cottondale High School, Chipola Junior College and received his BS from Florida State University. He gained employment with the Department of Corrections in 1980 and moved up in ranks, recently retiring as the Assistant Warden of the Jefferson Correction Institution.
James leaves to cherish his memories with a loving and caring mother, Eula Dell Speights of Cottondale, Florida; four brothers, Robert, John, Fredrick and Wilmer Speights all of Cottondale, Florida; six sisters, Lynda Speights, Valinda Davis and husband Gerry, Demeka Hudson and husband Fashan and Sandrea Speights all of Cottondale, Florida, Emma Peterson of Vernon, Florida and Mary Early of Marianna, Florida; special friends, Derwin Hazelton of Marianna, Florida, Sylvia Williams of Tallahassee, Florida and Regina Pope of Cottondale, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Viewing for James will be held at the Henshaw Chapel A.M.E. Church in Cottondale on Friday, September 22nd from 5-7p.m.
A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, September 23rd at 1p.m. at Second West Missionary Baptist Association Church with Rev. Lawrence Gantt, Rev. Lenny Marshall, Rev. Clay Long, Rev. Brenda Henderson, Rev. David Green and Minister Billy White officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem A.M.E. Church Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.
James will lie-in-repose at Second West on Saturday, from 11a.m. until 1p.m. funeral time.