Reverend Franklin Roscoe James

March 21, 1951 ~ February 4, 2021 (age 69)


Reverend Franklin Roscoe James was born March 24, 1951, in Florence, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Ruth James Robinson and Samuel Green. Kindness and compassion for his fellowman were trademarks of Franklin. His life reflected love, his memory and good deeds will be treasured forever in our hearts.

A Life Well Lived…

Franklin was educated in the Florence County, South Carolina public schools and graduated from Wilson Senior High School. After many years of employment and devoted service, he retired from Federal Express Corporation.

A faithful servant, Franklin accepted Christ as his Personal Savior at an early age. His devotion and faith-driven spirit led him to the ministry. He was an ordained minister and served as associate minister of Rocky Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, Concord, North Carolina. He dearly loved teaching and preaching the Gospels of Our Lord and Savior.

In his pastime, he enjoyed and took pride in the special care and maintenance of his lawn and others. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and watching his favorite NFL Team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was joined in holy matrimony to Mary Johnson James. They enjoyed over twenty years of marriage.


In sweet peace, our beloved Franklin answered the call to Eternal rest, Thursday, February 4, 2021, while a patient at Tucker Hospice House, Kannapolis, North Carolina. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Marie James. Our hearts are heavy with sadness, but we are comforted in knowing that Franklin is soaring with the Angels.

Those who remain with cherished memories are…

His loving wife, Mary J. James, Albemarle, North Carolina; sons: Derrick (Christina) James, Durham, NC, Casper (Tajuana) James, Columbia, South Carolina, Michael Bryant, Albemarle and Tony Laws, Florence, South Carolina; ten grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; brothers: Randolph (Gercilda) Robinson, James (Genevieve) Robinson, Jessie (Lutricia) Robinson, all of Florence, and Timothy (Marvetta) Robinson, Hartsville, South Carolina; sisters: Loretta McPherson, Florence, Audrey (Desmond) Blackburn, Decatur, Georgia, Isabella Ferguson, Teresa (Kevin) Jones, both of Brooklyn, New York and Angela Frasier, Florence; uncles: Henry (Beatrice) James Sr., and David James Sr., both of Florence; aunt, Lois James, Baltimore, Maryland; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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 Service Program


February 8, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kelsey Funeral Home
217 T. E. White Sr. Dr.
Albemarle, NC 28001

Funeral Service
February 9, 2021

2:00 PM
Rocky Ridge Missionary Baptist Church
3945 Heathcliff Road
Concord, NC 28025

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