Thomas Edward James, Sr.

July 4, 1936 - September 26, 2005
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.

Lisa Taranto

All my love and prayers to all of Tom's wonderful family. Tom was always so welcoming and loving to me, as if I were his own daughter. I will always have heartfelt memories of him. He will be missed!

Tom and Wanda Raley

Tom James has been a part of our lives as a friend, helper, and great example. Life has its ups and downs, but Tom had the ability to handle both with a God-given calmness and assurance that ‘everything will be all right’. In our lives, the name ‘Tom’ never stood alone because it was always ‘Tom and Norma’ as one name. We still have Norma as our cherished friend but we will always miss Tom and his warmheartedness toward us.

Bob and Shirley Holshey

Norma, We are so sorry to read about Tommy. He was such a nice fellow. I enjoyed talking to him at work. Please extend our condolences to the family. Shirley

Dale and Carol Dullabaun

Dear Norma, We were so glad we were able to see you and Tom in July when we were visiting in Maryland. It was wonderful to be able to see Tom on one of his "good" days and he seemed to enjoy our visit. We have always heard over the years from Jean and Vaughn that Tom was a wonderful husband and father. What a precious gift from God! May that give you comfort over the coming days and months. You are still on the prayer list at our church here in California and we will personally continue to hold you and the rest of your family in prayer. God bless all of you. Dale and Carol

Don Payne

Dear Norma: I was sorry to hear about Tom. Although it's been many years since I saw him, my memories of him are fond and I know he will be missed by his family.

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