On Sunday, January 23rd, 2022, it pleased the Lord to take Rev. Murphy James into everlasting peace at the youthful age of 92. He is preceded by his brothers Clarkston and Larkland, as well as his spirited, loving daughter Dianne. His life is celebrated by his loving wife, Maude James to whom he was married 67 years. His childreninclude Rutherford, Freeston and his wife Mary, Ellerey and his wife Chris, Cicely, Karen, Debbie, Bevington and his wife Sarah, Elsworth, Nigel, Simmone and Jessie. His grandchildren include Deminda (Minda), Detra (Lingling), Dia (Bambie), Michelley, Karesah, Alden and his wife Nichele, Kimmono, Derek, Karene, Albert Jr, Jason, Hannah, Grace, Angel, Faith, Oreese and his wife Kea, Dylan, Brenton, Jackson, Elizabeth, Laili, Jamor, Nastasia, Brant, Melchizedek and David. His great grandchildren include, Keanyah, Michael, Zion, Sierra, Sariya, Samier, Jayden, Kristalyn, Kamaree, Dichar (Apple), Shericia, Mya and Kimya. He is also celebrated by his sister Mildred Greer and his brother Rendol James. His nephews and nieces include Brontie, Eugene, Vealatae, Beverly, Ted (Thomas), Esther, Erna,Isaac, Walter and Glennis.
Born to Samuel and Margaret James, on the beautiful island of Antigua, December 2nd, 1929,the Lord called him into the ministry while attending the All Saints Pentecostal Church. This call materialized in his instrumental work in support of the launch of the Deeper Life Ministry in Golden Grove, Antigua. Later, he founded Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church in Ottos, Antigua, as well as Mount Calvary Pentecostal Loving Church in Cocoa, Florida, where he ministered until he was called to Glory.
An avid evangelist, his journeys spanned the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. His demonstrative, hang-it-all-out-for-the-Lord approach touched numerous lives. His passion for evangelism was buttressed by that of gospel music. He sang and played the guitar, keyboard and drums. One of his favorite solos was “Going Up Yonder” by Walter Hawkins. A builder by trade, he leaves a legacy of hard work, perseverance and a determination to provide for his family at all costs in accordance with the direction and will of God. Laziness was not in his vocabulary. Tenacity remained centralto his character and he remained unacquainted with fear and concession. His life can be summed in the scripture, 2 Kings 18:6, “For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him…”
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