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George Lavern James

March 9, 1968 ~ July 11, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old


On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, George Lavern James, 55, passed away after a long battle with sickness. George was born to George “Tin” Lieutenent James and Gloria Ann (Harrison) James on March 9, 1968 in Florence, SC. He was the second oldest of 6, and the oldest boy, and he was a leader among his siblings, oftentimes leading them into hilarious situations.

During adulthood, George developed a love for the culinary arts. For over 35 years he worked in the restaurant industry including several restaurants in both Florence, SC and Atlanta, GA, where he first relocated to in 2006. He was known for his love of cooking and his willingness to provide a meal for family and friends during gatherings especially when they requested his orange chicken. He also had a great love for cars and anything automobile related. A 1974 Chevy Nova was his favorite and he put hours of love and care into its repair and modification. In 2013, he dedicated his life to Jehovah and symbolized that dedication by a public baptism identifying himself as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 2020, George, along with his mother and grandmother, relocated back to their hometown of Florence, SC.

George’s personality was larger than life. He was well known as a fun-loving jokester and could make anyone laugh, even on their worst day. He was one of the most genuine and generous people you could ever meet. He made those around him feel comfortable and as if they could be themselves.

George will be lovingly missed by his mother, Gloria James of Florence, SC; grandmother, Catherine King of Florence, SC; siblings, LaRosa (Carl) Thomas of Florence, SC, Reginald James of Lithonia, GA, Yolanda James of Marietta, GA, Kimberly (Larry, d.) Pope of Macon, GA, and Tamalyn James of Marietta, GA; many beloved uncles and aunts, treasured nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of supportive grand nieces, grand nephews, other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, George L. James.   

A  Memorial Service directed by Cain Calcutt Funeral Home will be held at 2:00 PM on July 15, 2023 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 513 Gilchrist Rd. Darlington, SC 29532.  If you are planning to attend the service, please arrive between 1:45pm-2pm and please carpool if possible as there is limited parking.

Virtual Service via Zoom: July 15, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Meeting ID: 830 7889 0236 

Passcode: 817676

If attending virtually, please be mindful of your appearance/background/environment while on camera in order to show respect for the occasion.

Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Service
July 15, 2023

2:00 PM
Darlington Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses
513 Gilchrist Road
Darlington, SC 29532


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