Obituary for Gloria James

Family and friends gathered Saturday, Aug. 4 to bid farewell to Mrs. Gloria Jean Marshall James at the Bethel Baptist Church of Monroe. Mrs. James transitioned into eternal rest Tuesday, July 31 at the St. Francis Medical Center; and her victorious homegoing celebration was filled with love and thanksgiving for such a beautiful woman with such a beautiful life.

Born December 19, 1944 to the late Allen and Alice Turner Marshall in Herbert, LA, she was reared in Alto, LA; was a 1963 graduate of Alto High School; was a 1967 graduate of Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; and taught high school business courses for 1 year in Winnsboro, LA. Mrs. James was also formerly employed with South Central Bell Telephone Company and the Monroe City Schools Transportation Dept. Mrs. James was not only known for her gentleness, compassionate loving nature, fortitude, and willpower; but she was also highly revered for her cooking ability. She was infamous for the popcorn balls she once sold at their family business James’ Quick Stop decades ago as well as later for her delicious teacakes sold throughout the city in addition her cakes, pies, and gumbo. Mrs. James was a faithful member of the mothers board of her local church as well as the Ministers’ Wives Interdenominational Alliance. She along with her husband of 47 years, Rev. Sylvester James, also fostered countless children in their home for over 20 years as active members of the Louisiana Foster Parent Association.

Mrs. James was someone people could call on, count on, and trust; and was always willing to go to no limits to assist others in need. She loved her family with all her might; was always willing to encourage others in her path. Mrs. James truly made and left a mark that cannot be erased; and she is preceded in death her parents and siblings Dorothy, Robert, and Sam Marshall. Already deeply missed, she will be cherished for a lifetime by those who loved her and were touched by her kind loving spirit.
Mother Gloria Jean Marshall James was laid to rest Monday, Aug. 6 at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville following a brief but absolutely beautiful committal service beneath the cemetery’s pavilion.

She leaves to treasure endless memories, her husband, Sylvester James, Jr.; children Shondylon, Tawanna, and Christopher James; grandchildren Brittany James and T’Keyah Bruce; great grandchildren Aalia, Caci, and Demetria James and Antwon Bibbs; brothers Allen (Florence), Roosevelt (Sandra), and James (Betty) Marshall; in-laws Rev. Ricky (Linda), Willie (Shirley), Martha, and Edith James and Eartha (Kevin) Hale; a special nephew Marquette Marshall; a special cousin Lugene “Buddy” Marshall; additional relatives; her church family; her community; and countless others who knew her. Additional condolences and expressions may be e-mailed to