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Phyllis James

September 18, 1949 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Phyllis James Obituary

Ms. Phyllis James, 74, of Youngstown, OH, transitioned from this earthly home to her heavenly resting place December 26th, 2023 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 18, 1949 to the union of the late Rev. Thomas F. and Christine James. She was a proud graduate of The Rayen High School and obtained her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Associates in Social Work from YSU.

Ms. James worked as a probation officer for 26 years at Community Correction Associations and also the National Safety Council; retiring in December 2022. She supported various charities and was involved in several community service agencies. Her most cherished role was being a mother and grandmother. Ms. James was known for her beautiful smile and loving caring heart. Phyllis was a faithful member of Genesis The New Beginning Ministries under the leadership of her sister, Apostle Marlana Martin.

Ms. James leaves to cherish her beautiful legacy 5 children: Van (Jennie) Darling of Youngstown OH, Crystal (Frank) Fernicola of Toms River, NJ; James (Janet) Easton, Tamela Haynes all of Youngstown, OH, and Yeshon (Kendra) Avery of Dayton, OH.

She leaves 20 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She reared 2 of her grandchildren, Cassondra Ortiz and CraTerra (Kevin) Barnette of Boardman, OH. She also leaves to mourn her passing, her siblings: Alice (Paul) Banks of Miami, FL, Apostle Marlana (Jesse) Martin, Carmen James, Cynthia (Anthony) Tillman of Liberty, OH, Michael James and Angela (Lee) Scott of Youngstown, OH. Also close friends, James Easton, Debbie, Pam, Jenn, JoAnn, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Van Darling III (Mini Van) and 3 brothers Wendell, Thomas Jr. and Gary (Butch) James.

Visitation will be 10:00-11:00am Thursday January 4, 2024 at GenesisThe New Beginnings Ministries, 903 Franklin Ave. Youngstown, OH. 44502 with Funeral Service at 11:00am. Ministry of Comfort, Dignity and Love entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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January 4, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Genesis The New Beginning Ministries
903 Franklin Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502

Funeral Service
January 4, 2024

11:00 AM
Genesis The New Beginning Ministries
903 Franklin Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502


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