Services set for Walter James “The Carpet Man”

Funeral services are set for a legendary businessman who broke a barrier and raised expectations for black businesses across the area.

Services will be held for Walter James, known as “The Carpet Man” on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Pentecostal Temple in Monroe.

James became a household name in Monroe and surrounding areas. He was a legend in the flooring industry. He and the late Robert Washington of Washington’s Floor Covering were among the first Blacks in the floor covering business in Monroe.

James excelled as he expanded his business with a large staff, radio and television advertising and a broad range of services never before ofered by African-Americans in the area.

His trademark smile and friendly personality attracted many customers over the years as his business grew.

A man of God, he was also a gospel warrior and ministered regularly through the Pentecostal Church. He was a husband, father, and friend to the community. The smile he left behind will warm hearts for generations each time his name is called.