Dorothy James-3-10-2021

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Dorothy James

 July  22, 1934
~ March 2, 2021



VISITATION- Wednesday 3-10- 2021
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Wednesday 3-10-2021
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
12:00 PM
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Monmouth Memorial Park Cemetery
Rt 33
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

"Dot James," utterly unique!  To know her was to love her!  She was always there to help you, to counsel you, to give you advice, or even give you a piece of her mind!  She did not shy away from confrontation, but you always knew she loved you.  Dorothy Lee "Dot" James was born on July 22, 1934 to David and Sally Mae Smart Jones in Faceville, Georgia.  She lived in Panama City and West Palm Beach, FL, before moving to New York City where she was raised.  She surely sent up her timbers and on March 2, 2021 she went up to live in her house not made by hands!  She praised and served God in song and in deed.  Dot had two sisters, Selma Gilbert and Pearl Santiful, a stepfather Charles Green and a stepbrother Charles "CJ" Green.

Dot attended the NYC public schools and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt HS, Bronx, NY in June 1953.  On graduation day she became the fiancé of Alexander "Count" James.  Dot was always a self-starter and go-getter and worked at various jobs all through her high school years.  Immediately after HS, she enrolled in the Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing in the Bronx and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  While he was on active duty in the U.S. Army, Count and Dot were wed on October 17, 1954.  Last October they celebrated 66 years of marriage!  It was their tradition to celebrate each anniversary with a champagne toast.

Dot and Count set up household in the Bronx and were blessed with two children, Audrey Darlene and Gregory Alexander.  Early in her marriage, because of her matchless voice, Dot was offered the opportunity to pursue a professional singing career.  She declined because she wanted to devote herself to her children and her marriage.  Dot pursued her nursing profession while Al worked for the NYC Subway System and attended the City College of New York (CCNY) earning a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He was hired by the Bell Telephone Laboratories in NYC and later transferred to Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ.  The family moved from the Bronx to Middletown, NJ and were blessed the following year with a second son, Kevin Eric Sammy.  In NJ Dot was mostly a stay-at-home Mom raising her children.  When they went off to college, she decided to pursue higher education as well.  She enrolled in Brookdale Community College intending to upgrade from "Practical Nurse" to "Registered  Nurse" but she developed and interest in Social Work.  After graduating from Brookdale, she went to Livingston College for a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and then to Rutgers University for a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.  Later, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she worked for the Monmouth County Board of Social Services, the YMCA, Catholic Charities and finally the Old Bridge School District.  After retirement she worked as a counselor at Brookdale Community College and at Mercy Center in Asbury Park.  She sincerely loved her chosen profession and was an exceptional Social Worker.

After moving to Middletown, Dot found a home at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank.  She was attracted by the beautiful singing and the warm family church atmosphere.  She joined Pilgrim and after attending alone for a short while, she brought her whole family in.  Dot was prominent in the Women's Ministry, serving several terms as Chair, in the Missionaries Ministry and she co-chaired Pilgrim's Centennial Celebration Committee in 1996.  She was a prolific singer and joined both the Pilgrim Morning Choir and Evening Choir.  When the G&M Ensemble was formed, she sang with them too.  If that were not enough, she joined a traveling singing group, the Alyce Ford Spiritualettes which included the likes of Deacon Jesse Garrison, Deaconess Joan Moore, Grace and Herbert Richardson and Shirley Lewis-Osborne.  After that Dot went on to perform one-woman concerts at St. Paul Baptist in Atlantic Highlands, Calvary Baptist in Red Bank and Zion Baptist in Philadelphia.  She also joined with Deaconess Naomi Coleman from Hackensack, NJ to perform concerts at First Baptist Church North Brentwood, MD.  She loved to sing gospel almost as much as people loved to hear her sing gospel!  In addition to serving her church, Dot also served her community.  She was a member of the Phyllis Wheatly Temple at the Red Bank Chapter of the Elks and was selected to be the State "Songbird" for several years.  Dot was even a part of the Bruce Springsteen 9-11 concert performed at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank.  Her entire family cherished her singing at the Myers Family Reunion Memorial Services.  She served on the Middletown Board of Human Rights and held elected office as a Democratic Committeewoman in Middletown.  She always assisted in getting out the vote for the Red Bank Democratic Party and loved to help celebrate their victories on election night.

She leaves a legacy of love, service, helping, praise and worship.  Her memory will be forever cherished by her devoted husband, Alexander "Al" James; daughter Dr. Audrey D. James (Edwin), sons Gregory A. (Sharon) and Kevin E.S. James; grandsons Matthew Bernard and Edwin Alexander "Alex" James; Goddaughter Roslyn James Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She loved bantering on the phone weekly with her niece Barbara Shields and enjoyed picking on her nephew Paul Simpson.  She will be sorely missed by her devoted friend, Alice Baker.  In her last years, dementia denied Dot her memory, but it would never diminish her spirit and personality!


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36 thoughts on “Dorothy James-3-10-2021

  1. Lisa & Craig Houston says:

    Our heaven-on-earth Sister in Christ, Dorothy James. We witnessed a wonderful life of full-spirited, shared conversation, smiles galore and joyous endeavors. We will miss her great sense of humor, integrity and home-church family values. Her light will be missed in this world. Our Sincerest Condolences to Brother Alexander James and Family.

  2. Darryl James says:

    My condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort. God Bless!

  3. Darryl James says:

    My condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in your family and faith. God Bless!

  4. Gregory B. Jeffers says:

    Our sincerest and deepest condolences to the James Family. With love always, The Jeffers Family.

  5. Patricia Faircloth says:

    My Condolences & Prayers ????

  6. Faye Hughes says:

    To my friend and neighbor Gregory James and family. On behalf of my family, our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother. Her life story is an inspiration to us all, truly a life well-lived! May she rest in eternal peace.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Faye.❤

  7. Vanessa Moore says:

    My deepest condolences to Uncle Count and Children. Aunt Dot will be missed and her love will forever be felt.

  8. Sheila jones says:

    My condolences

  9. Darlene Richardson says:

    May the Holy Spirit provide comfort to Uncle Count, Audrey, Greg , Kevin as well as extended family and friends. Aunt Dot has left her mark on this earth. I thank God for her life and legacy.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, cousin.❤

  10. Myers Family says:

    Condolences to the entire James Family

  11. Myers Family says:

    Our deepest and sincere condolences for the lost of your wife, Count.

    Love, the Myers Family.

  12. JoAnn Carter says:

    My sincere condolences and fervent prayers to the James family. FBCNB was blessed to have such a wonderful lady share her gift with us! She will be missed.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, JoJo❤

  13. Greater Red Bank NAACP says:

    Condolences from the Greater Red Bank NAACP to the James family for the loss of Dot who served tirelessly the needs of the organization in many ways. She served as the chair of the education committee and representative to the (Red Bank Education and Development Initiative) RBEDI and also the counselor for local youth at risk for the organization’s municipal court intervention activities. She was pivotal at critical times in helping to steer the organization even hosting meetings at her home.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      She lived to serve. Thank you for giving her the opportunity.

  14. Carolyn Gaither says:

    Our Condolences to the James Family.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Cookie. A loss for the Jones-Smart family as well.

  15. Terry Williams says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Tee❤

  16. L. P. Salmond says:

    Dadisi, I regret hearing the loss of your dear sweet beloved Mother words cannot express the deep sorrow I feel at this moment. Cid and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May The Most High and The Host of Heaven grant you Peace, Comfort and Strength to sustain you during this difficult time of bereavement and beyond.
    Stay Strong Warrior
    FL. L. P. Salmond

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you for all your love and support, LP.

  17. Rev. Brian and Janese Murray says:

    Our prayers and condolences go out to the James Family. I remember Ms. James’ smart, funny and energetic spirit! I know that she will be missed! God bless you!

  18. Alfredo Hinojo says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss to the James family. God bless.

  19. Steven Boss says:

    My deepest and most sincere condolences to the James family.

  20. Dana Hill says:

    We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead andl loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Dana❤

  21. Michelle McLaurin says:

    My condolences to you and your family. May God continue to bless and keep you.

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Michelle❤

  22. Wanda Sawyer says:

    Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Rest in heavenly peace Sis James!

  23. Aileen and Bill James says:

    Our warmest thoughts and prayers are with our *other* James family. So sorry for your loss.

  24. Michelle McGowan says:

    I didn’t know her, but I wish I had. I’m so sorry for your loss

    1. Gregory A James says:

      Thank you, Mimi ❤

  25. Keith K Malik says:

    I will always love and miss Dot, she was among the funniest and smartest people I knew. She will forever be in my heart.

  26. Marianne Harrell says:

    My condolences to the James family on your loss. Mrs. James truly has left a beautiful legacy.

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