James W. Thomas was born on February 6, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Ennis Carter and Louise Thomas (Moore). He received his formal education in Philadelphia, PA.
James received Christ at an early age at Holy Cross Baptist Church under Rev. Dr. Charles Beatty Jr., Philadelphia.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corp in April 1966 and completed boot camp at Camp Lejuene, S.C.
Later he completed Jump School at Fort Benning, GA (something he would hold over his older brother’s head for years (former marine).
In 1968, before going to Vietnam, James came to San Diego for a brief while.
After his retirement from military service James settled back in Philadelphia and worked at Nursing home facilities for several years.
James returned to San Diego in 1995 and united with Mt. Moriah Christian Church under Rev. L. J. Thomas, and served as an usher for several years at the delight of many in the church. He spent his time at Mt. Moriah picnics, fishing trips, etc.
James met Charlene Bullock in 1996 and they were married in 2004.
He was outgoing and made friends easily. He was a great bowler, excellent fisherman (had you just asked him) and a culinary chef who specialized in baking cheesecake.
As his health declined he met many at the V.A. hospital who befriended him. And his wife Charlene made regular visits to aid and comfort James at Country Manor Healthcare Center in La Mesa, during his stay.
James is survived by his wife Charlene, his children; Jerrod and Terrance, stepchildren; Dwight and Deborah, brother Rev. L.J. Thomas (Novia), sisters Deborah, Nedra, and Ethel, nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
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