James Kimmons was affectionately known as "Sonny Boy" to most people all his life. He was born on June 10, 1928 and given to Minister Louis and Mary Kimmons. They raised him until adulthood and later Mary adopted him legally.
Sonny Boy was raised in church and joined Smith Chapel under his father's leadership and later joined Second Missionary Baptist Church until his untimely demise.
He was the first black to join the Civil Defense and Rescue Unit back in the 60s and the second black crossing guard to work at Oxford Elementary School. He loved this job and worked for 25 years until he retired.
Sonny Boy loved his blue truck with his long radio antennas, letting his children and family ride in the back while transporting them to Stone Center, church, and football games. Because of his love for life and people, he never met a stranger. He would always greet and talk to people as if he had known the individual all of his life.
After retirement, Sonny Boy found enjoyment in going to Springfield M.B. Church Adult Care. There, he loved to play bingo, with Minister Diane Owens calling out the numbers and popping his hand when he wasn't listening. He loved to eat Mrs. Ray Wadley's food and his favorite past time was gossiping. He also enjoyed sitting on the porch and waving at the cars that traveled up and down University Avenue. Although he couldn't cook (Granny was the gourmet chef), he made the best homemade ice cream.
He always had a smile and kind word for everyone he encountered. If he did not change you with his charm and charisma, you could not be changed. James "Sonny Boy" was a lover of ALL PEOPLE.
He leaves his family, friends, church family, and community to cherish his memories.
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