Homegoing services for James “Duke” Washington, 72, were held Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Pastor Michael Washington officiated the service. Interment was in the Culton Cemetery in Leona, Texas.
James Washington was born September 4, 1945, in Leona, Texas to Sid and Mordell Washington. James accepted Christ at an early age and attended Hillary United Methodist Church in Leona, Texas. He also attended public school in Leona, Texas.
Active pallbearers were Spence Mayes, Joe Brooks, Patrick Reed, Nathan Jones, Carl Jeffery, and Brian Miles.
Honorary Pallbearers were Wilmer Washington, Coakie Washington, Jr., Tryon Washington, Sonny Cooper, Charley Joe Washington, Oliver Washington, Danny Williams, Donyail Linsey, Denerick James Brooks, Kevin Mathis, and Jerome Washington.
James was employed at R.T. Keeling and Son. Later, he moved to Houston, Texas and worked for RCA Transportation. He married Joyce Morris, and they moved to Los Angeles, California. Later, he moved back to Normangee, Texas. James’ favorite hobby was playing dominoes.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Sid and Mordell Washington; sisters, Willie Lanford, Texanna Clarke, Elvester Courtney, Louise Washington Jones and Gloria Lacy; brothers, Joe Lee, Coakie, Curtis, Kirby, Willie C, Sammy Lee, Sid, Jr. and a host of nieces and nephews.
He leaves to cherish his memories three sisters, Nina Faye, Pheobie Lipscomb and Nadine Lewis; three brothers, L.J., Truman (Betty) and Walter (Eunice); god-brother, Sonny Cooper (Brenda); three god-daughters, Iris Dotson, T Baby and Demetria Reed and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. James is also survived by a special friend, Georgia Wade, who took care of him during his sickness.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas.