On Wednesday, June 3rd, James Gadsden, Jr., was called from labor to reward from Mary Manning Walsh Hospice at approximately 10:22 am. James affectionately known as “Jimmy” was born in Charleston, South Carolina on April 30th, 1939 to the late Rosalie Washington and James Gadsden. Jimmy was the 3rd child, the 1st born son; he had 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers who all proceeded him in death.
He received his former education in Charleston County School. He was dedicated to his family. He was united in matrimony to Valerie Thomas-Gadsden on October 9th, 1993. No children were born of this union; however, Jimmy proudly was a father to Tony Brown and Tysheika Wright both from Charleston. Jimmy left Charleston in 1959 and headed up north where he eventually landed in Harlem. He was a cab driver for over 21 years before he joined the MTA as a bus operator in 1990 where he worked until retirement.
Jimmy joined Convent Avenue Baptist Church April 2nd, 1995 under the spiritual leadership of Clarence P. Grant. He was a member of the male usher board, honorary member of the senior usher board, a member of the folding and counting committees. Jimmy gladly served when ever asked to help out; especially with the SCAMPS (Senior Citizen Advocacy Monitoring Program for members over 80 years old). He was a homebody, he enjoyed listening to jazz, and visiting his family in Charleston at least twice a year.
He leaves behind his devoted wife Valerie of 27 years, his son Tony Brown of Charleston SC, daughter Tysheika Wright and her four children and her three grands, a host of nieces and nephews too numerous to name but we will mention his niece #1 Margie Jackson of NYC (Allan), niece #2 Marva Holmes (Clarence) of New Port VA and niece #3 Peggy Washington (Tony) of Charleston SC. On July 5th, 2016 he started dialysis treatment which he never really wanted to do. He used to sit up for hours and hours playing coon can which he taught his wife and she became a better player them him. Valerie would like to shout out Jimmy’s nephew Earl Archer and his wife Renee, for being there for him when he needed support. Also, special thanks to Craig Sweat who was a godsend through out, “love you and I pray God’s blessings be upon you all the days of your life.”
There are no words to express the loss which the family feels, but comfort comes from the support and love of family and friends.
To God be the Glory for he was a child of the King.
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