On Saturday, November 17, 2018, our bright shining star departed his home to reunite with Heavenly Father at 4:30pm from Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC. This handsome young man James Lewis Walker (BKA) “Bro Bro” was born in Norfolk, VA on September 23, 1956 to Barbara Lee (Walker) Lassiter and the late James L. Walker.
James L. Walker graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and joined the United States Marine Corps where he dedicated the next 20 years before he retired. After retirement, James received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and attended Costal Carolina Community College for Accounting Administration. Thereafter, he proceeded to secure his Associate of Biblical Studies Degree at North Carolina College of Theology. He was also a businessman. James was the Founder, President and proud owner of Jacksonville Pre-owned Quality Cars.
James was indeed a loving and multi-talented man with a heart of gold. James was very dedicated to fulfilling his purpose in the “good work” of the Lord. He was a very popular and hardworking man who never backed down from a challenge. His determination and faithful attitude inspire many especially those he knew and loved. To know James was to love James. There was never a time that he did not strive to give his best to bring joy and smiles to all walks of life. James loved giving back and enjoyed quality family time with a gorgeous smile. James was an amazing son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend.
James was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Skinner (Ethel), Louis Roscoe (Lillie) and Russell Lassiter (Clay, Jr.); sister, Carlice Gatling; uncles, James Waffe, Randolph Lassiter and Ricky Lassiter; mother-in-law, Yvonne K. Johnson and Uncle-in-law, Walter Johnson.
Serving the Lord and the Community
James started his walk with the Lord at a very young age where he attended United House of Prayer. He was a faithful member of Abundant Life International Baptist Cathedral of Jacksonville, NC. His second church home was Faith in Action Church in Norfolk, VA, but his higher calling is and was always serving the Lord.
The following are his present and past titles as a Mason:
Brother James Walker, Torii Lodge #46, Washington State and its Jurisdiction, Inc., Prince Hall Affiliated)
Prince James Walker, 32 degree keystone consistory #85, Washington State and its jurisdiction, Inc., Northern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall Affiliated
Noble James Walker, Obelisk Temple #187, Anary
Past Imperial Potentate Micheal A. Williams Imperial Deputy of the Desert (Far East Asia & USA)
Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc. Prince Hall Affiliated.
James had a very strong love for his entire family. He helped each member of his family very near and dear to his heart, especially his devoted wife Joelyn who is better known to him as “Butter.”
James leaves to cherish his memories of 32 years his loving wife, Joelyn and of this union they were blessed with three children: Mr. J. Walker (Tina) of Norfolk, VA, Ms. Janace Walker of Valdosta, GA and Ms. Jacqulyn Walker of Charlotte, NC; mother, Barbara Lassiter: “Pop” Irvin Lassiter; brothers, Sherman Walker and Anthony Walker; sisters, Patricia Epps (Terry), Rosalyn Henderson (Edward) and Harriette Robinson (Parham); uncles, Vincent Skinner (Willie Mae) of Norfolk, VA, Owen Lee Johnson of Norfolk, VA and Russell Lassiter (Shirley) of Ahoskie, NC; aunts, Shirley Flemings and Sue Mae Waffe of Portsmouth, VA, Charlene Hall and Debris Tillery, both of Norfolk; 14 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and additional family members. James had a special bond with his niece, Jada. He loved them all but the will to fight with her through this joint
journey was phenomenal. He would say, “We got this.”