Oct. 25, 1934 – July 24, 2020
Geraldine C. James was born in Tylertown, the daughter of the late Jim Conerly and Julia Brister-Conerly. She was one of 15 children. She died July 24, 2020. She was married to the late Wilford “Bill” James for 49 years. From this union they had three children, Robert E. James, Mildred James and Patty (James-Jim) Oehmke; step-daughter, Etta Marie Jones. In Tylertown, she was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
Upon moving to Flint, MI, she joined Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church. After graduation from Walthall County Schools in Mississippi, she attended Piney Woods Prep School. After Piney Woods, she attended both Alcorn A&M College and Jackson State University in Mississippi and earned a degree in education. Mrs. James was a teacher and coach in the Walthall County School Dist.
Upon moving to Flint she became a stay at home wife and mother raising three daughters and one son. She was very active in the Greater Flint Sports Arena. She was a supporter and honorary member of the Greater Flint Olympian, and Canusa Assn. Mrs. James was a honorary member of the Michigan State University Coaches Club. Attending almost every Michigan State University (MSU) home football game and some away games. At her tailgates everyone was welcome; she loved sports. She was a volunteer at the Genesee County Red Cross.
Survivors are two daughters, Mildred James of Flint and Patty (James-Jim) Oehmke of East Lansing, MI; son, Robert E. James of Lansing, MI; step-daughter, Etta Marie Jones of New Orleans; three grandchildren, Wilford Dushawn James of Flint, MI, Theresa “Teri” Oehmke of Berkeley, CA, and Alexandra “Alex” Oehmke, of East Lansing, MI; great-granddaughter, Ariya James of Flint, MI; sister, Kathlyn “Alma” C. Young of Tylertown; brother, Jimmy Dale Conerly of Kenner, LA.
Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home of Flint, MI, was in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Greater Flint Olympian, and CANUSA Association or the American Red Cross, Genesee-Lapeer Chapter.