John Melvin James, affectionally known as “Honey” by family and friends, was the third oldest son born to the late Louis and Lillian James on January 5th, 1930. John grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and was educated through the Big Beaver Falls School District.
After leaving his hometown, John moved to Pittsburgh where he was a long-time employee of the Greyhound Transportation Company. After many years of working, John spent his free time riding Pittsburgh Port Authority buses all over Pittsburgh and visiting his favorite McDonald’s in downtown Pittsburgh. John was known and loved by many. He was a very kind and gentle soul who enjoyed Hershey Kisses and oranges.
John was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane Covington (Bob), Ruth Griswold (Sam), Marie James, and Mary James and brothers, Joe James, Charles James, Robert “Skippy” James, and William James: his niece Sarah “Snookie” Newman; and his nephews, Sam “Buzzy” Griswold, Jr. and Terrence James.
On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, at age 92, John went home to be with His Lord and Savior and left to mourn his passing are his brothers, Louis James “Jr.”, George “Tookie” James (Regina) and Harry James; nieces, Beverly James “Bunny”, Kimberly Harriel-Allen, Pamela Griffin, Alesa Carr, Alexis Steals, and Alaina James; nephews, Ron “Po” James, Louis “Ricky” James, and William “Billy” James. John’s great-nieces and great-nephews will also miss him dearly.
A very special thank you Marie’s daughters: Pam and Kim for the loving care they extended to their “Uncle Honey” over the years.
A service for John James will be held on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at Washington Funeral Home, 1415 Sixth Avenue, Beaver Falls. Family and friends will be received at 10:00 am, followed by a service at 11:00 am.