James Harvest Champion, Sr.

June 11, 1956 - November 12, 2019

Champion, Sr., James Obituary

 

James Harvest Champion, Sr. was born on June 11, 1956 to the late Johnnie and Ettie Lee Champion in Washington, DC.

 

          James was formerly educated in the DC Public School system, graduating from Eastern Senior High School.

 

          James was a hard worker in his youth. He started working at the tender age of 14 at the New Model Dry Cleaners on Capitol Hill. He later began a life-long career at Howard University where he worked in the Environmental Services Department as a driver. He loved his job at Howard and was loved by many while employed there. James retired from Howard when his health would no longer afford him the opportunity to continue working.

 

          James endured many health challenges, but he always maintained his faith in the healing power of God. He often recited his favorite scripture, John 14...”Let not your heart be troubled....”

 

          James began his Christian walk at the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Washington, DC. He later moved his membership to the New Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully as the President of the Men’s Ministry, President of the Young Men’s Chorus beginning in 2017, and a life-long member of the Star Singers.

 

          James was blessed to meet the love of his life, his “Skin-Tight” (this name was for his use only!), Deaconess Victoria Champion. He loved singing Al Green’s “Let Stay Together” to his “Tight” and had the privilege of meeting Al this past year at his church in Memphis, TN. One more check on his bucket list! James and Vicky were joined in matrimony on June 4, 1977. To this union was born 5 children, James, Jr., Ray, Yolanda, Victor, and Brian.

 

James will be remembered for his heart-felt and soulful renditions of “Jesus” and “Fire Shut up in my Bones”. He loved attending Sunday School and Bible Study. And he especially loved a good fish fry with the Men’s Ministry.

 

James was a die-hard Redskins fan. He also loved watching LeBron James and the Lakers as well as boxing matches. Oh, and don’t forget about the Young and the Restless! He was a great story teller and he loved doing the good-foot to James Brown’s rendition of the same name. He was quite the crooner, singing Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” to Tight!

 

James loved dressing up, especially in his “gaitors” and dobbs. James also loved traveling with his family and took many bus trips sponsored by his mother over the years until he discovered and learned to appreciate the luxury of air and cruise ship travel.

 

James is preceded in death by his loving parents, his brothers Randolph and Johnnie, Jr., his sisters Luevenur Bolden, Eva Mae Champion and Debra Crawford.

 

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife Victoria Champion, his children James, Jr., Ray (Tiffany), Yolanda, Victor (Renee), and Brian. One Brother, Gregory (Carol) Champion, Five Sisters, Alberta Chamberlain, Geraldine Williams, Brenda Lawrence, Crystal (Michael) Payne, and Denise Champion. Two Sisters-in-law, Pearl Champion and Rose (Bobby) Oliphant.  Eight grandchildren, Jamia, Tamar, Jabari, Jordyn, Laila, Johan, Trent and Ayala and one great-grandson, Blake. His close cousins, Rudy Mingo, Frank Gaither, Columbus Gaither, Sherman and David Haggins, Special friends, Lonnie, Mike, Sydnor, Thompson, Faggins, Nutt and Lucas and a host of other loving family members and friends.

 




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November 22, 2019
6P -8P

Wake
New Grove Baptist Church

4242 Benning Road, Southeast
Washington, DC
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November 23, 2019
10AM & 11AM

Homegoing Service
New Grove BAptist Church

4242 Benning Road, Southeast
Washington, DC
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November 23, 2019
1.30P

Burial
National Harmony Memorial Park

7101 Sheriff Road
Hyattsville, MD 20785
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