Cumberland - Thomas Edward James, Sr., 69, of Cumberland, died on Monday, September 26, 2005, at his home. Born July 4, 1936, in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late William Ray James and Ethel Margaret Helene (Ehrbar) James. Mr. James was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Norman "Dutch" Collins, and a son, Thomas E. James, Jr., March 19, 1997. Retired from Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, Tom was a member of the Central Assembly of God. His great pleasure in life was being with his loving family and his purchasing and refinishing of antiques. Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Norma L. (Park) James; his sons, Troy James and his wife, Tina, Fort Ashby, WV; and Jeff James and his wife, Melissa, Wiley Ford, WV; his daughter-in-law, Kiki James-Ratchford, Mount Airy, MD; and his half brother, Bradley S. Collins. Also surviving Tom are his sisters, Jean Dullabaun and her husband, Vaughn, Hagerstown, MD; and Shirley Ann James-Miller, Cumberland, MD; as well as his grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Ashley, Stephanie, Tommy III, and Caden James. Friends were received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, MD, on Thursday, September 29, 2005, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service. A funeral service was conducted at the Central Assembly of God Church on Friday, September 30, 2005, at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Douglas Seaman and Reverend Robert Hymes officiating. Pallbearers were Todd Mower, Gary Park, Tom Raley, Clyde Love, Sam Bennett, and Martin White. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Robertson, Henry Valesquez, Vaughn Dullabaun, Ed Allen, and Myrle Burch. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park. The family requested that memorials be made in Tom's name to the Central Assembly of God Church, 2020 Bedford Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 - or - WMHS Home Hospice Care Unit, c/o: Linda Valentine, 900 Seton Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Visitation Times Thursday, September 29, 2005, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The family will also receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A.
Tom and Wanda Raley
Bob and Shirley Holshey
Dale and Carol Dullabaun