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Rev. V. R. James, 86, Clergyman, Teacher
Published in The Patriot, 20 November 1968
The Rev. Dr. Vernon R. James, 86, of 420 Ridge St., Steelton, longtime clergyman and schoolteacher in this area, died Tuesday at a local hospital.
Dr. James retired in 1952 after teaching for 43 years, 41 of them in Steelton. He taught all elementary and high school grades. Dr. James served as interim pastor of Capital Presbyterian Church from 1943 to 1947, during which time he raised $5,200 for a new church building fund. Dr. James has always been active in religious circles.
He came to Steelton from Frederick County, Md., with his family in 1888. After graduation from Steelton High School in 1900, he taught school and did manual labor until 1918 when he entered Lincoln University.
After being graduated from both the college and the seminary, Dr. James did graduation work in education and history at the University of Indiana, and later summer and extension work at other institutions including Columbia University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. James was a member of the Steelton Ministerium Association; president of the Harrisburg Alumni Chapter of Lincoln University; and chaplain of Kappa Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
In 1962 he was named “Omega Man of the Year.” He also was a member of the board of Camp Curtin YMCA.
His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Shellon T. James; a brother, Emory James of Indianapolis, Ind.; three nephews and two nieces.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Monumental AME Church, Steelton, with the Rev. Dr. O. Urcille Ifill and the Rev. Dr. H. Garnett Lee officiating. Burial will be in William Howard Day Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday after 7 p.m. at the funeral home, Front and Franklin streets, Steelton, and at the church Saturday between 9 a.m. and the time of services.
Source: The Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), “Deaths and Funerals,” Wednesday, November 20, 1968, page 7. A photograph of Dr. James is included in the obituary.
Memories about Dr. James
In a letter to historian Eric Ledell Smith,
Calobe Jackson reveals some fascinating details about Dr. Vernon R. James:
Calobe Jackson, Jr. to Eric Ledell Smith, copied to George F. Nagle, "Re: Picture," August 31, 2005.
Lincoln University Alumni Listing
The following listing for Dr. Vernon R. James
appeared in the 1946 edition of the Alumni Directory of Lincoln University:
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