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Monroe James, Sr.

The Governor of South Carolina advises to limit public gatherings to 50 guests or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC carefully considered this recommendation and ask that additional guest please participate via live-streaming if it is authorized by the family.

Private Funeral Service for Mr. Monroe James, Sr. will be conducted 2:00 PM Friday, December 18, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 South Johns Street, Florence, South Carolina. Interment will follow in Jamestown Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Monroe James, Sr., son of the late Toney G. James and the late Sally “Senna” B. James was born June 20, 1946. He departed this life on Friday, December 11, 2020 at MUSC Health-Florence Medical University of South Carolina.

Monroe Sr. received his Public Education at Mars Bluff School in Florence County.

Monroe Sr. relocated to Bronx, New York and later relocated to Florence, South Carolina in 1979. Monroe Sr. was employed with Daniels Construction, Carolina Car Rental, and Ouzts Wilbert Vault Company upon his retirement.

Monroe Sr. also known as “Bubba”, Boss Hog” and/or “Dusom” loved spending time with family. He would visit Church with his family at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Florence, South Carolina under the leadership of Reverend Bennie King, Jr., Bower’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Florence, South Carolina under the leadership of Reverend Lindora James, and Mill Branch African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pamplico, South Carolina under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Larry L. Harris.

Monroe Sr. was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rodney James; three sisters, Jessie Lee James, Jannie Mae Caldwell, and Classie James; two brothers, Mark James and Willie “Ed” James; four aunts, Rebecca Johnson, Catherine Ford, Annie Ford, and Velma Ford; four uncles, Seniend Garland, Sr., Jim Garland, Jr., Joseph Garland, and Wilbur Garland; and two special friends, Rick and Evelyn Waldrop.

Monroe Sr. is survived by his wife, Minnie A. Brown James; three children, Terrence (Kathy) Tucker of Connecticut; Monroe (Lora) James, Jr. of North Carolina, and Kisha L. James - (Franky Sr.) Robinson of South Carolina; nine grandchildren, Candice, Traylonn Terrence, Jr., Cameron, Tyler, ShaTek, ShaTerra, Syncere, and Franky Jr; six great grandchildren; three brothers, Nathaniel (Grace) James of South Carolina, Benjamin James of Pennsylvania, and Robert (Unita) James of Georgia; five sisters, Margaret James, Mary L. Brown, Luretha Lassister, Carolyn (Harold) Frazier, and Mary Helen Friar; an aunt, Lucille Garland of Pennsylvania; an uncle, John A. Garland of Pennsylvania; two goddaughters, Sandra Kalicharan and Tonya McNeil; two special friends, Artie (Patricia) McPhearson of South Carolina and Cathy (Jimmy) Shaw of South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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Uncle Bubba, you will forever be missed but always in my heart. You let a little boy named Floyd from the neighborhood know that you knew he liked me and you would cut him up if he tried anything with your niece, because of your words that boy ran up the stairs passed my door everyday from school. That boy knew you loved me and my love for you. Rest in piece Uncle Bubba, you did your job!

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Monroe James, Sr. May you find comfort and peace knowing he's in God's loving arms where there is no more pain or suffering. Olivia James & Family (Oliver James)

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To my uncle Bubba who will be truly missed. You're my one of a kind uncle who made me out to be who i am today. I remember when these 5 girls jumped me when aunt Minnie sent me out to get Junior from day care at the Salvation Army. These girls was tagging me up until uncle Bubba came down the block in his sky blue car and stopped his car where I was fighting. He said hey hey to the girls and they started running. Bubba asked me did you kick there butt. I was tired and said you know I did uncle. He said I saw you tearing them up and knew it was you. He drove me and junior home and to be honest I was glad to see uncles Bubba because I knew he had my back. I'm going to miss you uncle sooooo much. Love you always Your niece Reanna

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I have so many great memories of Uncle Bubba from childhood to adulthood. Growing up your home was always the fun place that we all wanted to stay at. I'm definitely going to miss your smile and laughter. Love Always Your Niece, Natasha Kalicharan

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Going to miss you uncle, I was just getting ready to visit you. I am glad you knew I was coming, said you was looking forward to my visit. Rest in peace uncle. I am still going to visit. Love always Earl Peterson Jr.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bubba you will be missed so much. I was just a young girl when I met you and Minnie. You all made me part of the family and I have always been honored for that. Rest In Peace and we know you are still watching over the family!!!! Cathy Shaw

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I enjoyed hanging out with you over the past 10 years coming to Florence. You always had a big smile and a big heart. You will be missed uncle bubba. Mike T.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I will truly miss my uncle Bubba and prayers for my family and my Aunt Minnie stay strong love you all wish I could have been there with you all to my cousins your dad was like my Dad God bless stay strong love Tyrone James aka Big brother cousin.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We will keep you in our prayers, may GOD wrap his loving arms around you to comfort and strengthen you. Margaret McNulty

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Uncle Bubba was a wonderful uncle one who never grew old; His smile was made of sunshine, and his heart was solid gold. A limb has fallen from the James family tree, but I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me." Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs, and the good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage. I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don't worry about falls. I miss you all dearly. So keep up your chin until the day comes and we're together again. From Wayne & Cheryl Kasey

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