James Earl McCloud Sr. 71, of Norfolk, VA, peacefully passed away, surrounded by loved ones on May 28, 2021.
James was born on March 9, 1950 in Buford County, North Carolina to parents Lula Spencer and Charles McCloud. After he graduated, James went on to serve in the United States Army as an Army Ranger in the Airborne Division during Vietnam. Following his service in the Army he went on to study Computer Science and pursued a career in automotive services.
In 1972, James met his first wife, Diane Boyd and went on to have two children James McCloud Jr. and Timeka McCloud. Following his first marriage, James went on to marry Deidra McCloud in 1985 and had his second daughter, SheAnna McCloud a few years later. James always put family first, and was a dedicated father and husband. His children went on to pursue careers in educational leadership, masonry, and communications.
James was a strong, kind, loving, and supportive father and spouse. His knowledge and guidance was the foundation of his family. James truly believed in living your best life and doing what makes you happy. He was a firm believer in never giving up no matter how tough it gets and as a father he always strived to model this example for his children. He had a wealth of knowledge to share and would always be willing to give advice to anyone who needed it. He was a dedicated and devoted father, husband, and friend who always knew how to make you laugh and always willing to lend a helping hand. James had a smile that would light up any room and bring joy to anyone who encountered it. His compassion and kind-heartedness will truly be missed.
James was predeceased by his wife Deidra McCloud, his siblings Charles McCloud Jr, Angenora Fredericks, Joyce Taylor, Rudolph McCloud and Lyndell McCloud and leaves behind three children James McCloud Jr.(Alfreda), Timeka McCloud and SheAnna McCloud. His grandchild Sinclair Askew, grand-dog Cupcake, and his great-grandchild Ava Askew. He also leaves behind his siblings Rosa Thigpen, John McCloud, Jimmy McCloud and Floyd McCloud and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.