Minister Stevie Webster James was born on January 20, 1968 to Mrs. Hosley Mae Lynch Bratcher and the late H.C. Reed in Abbeville, Mississippi.
He fully accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was a child and was member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Abbeville. As an ordained minister, he had a passion for spreading God’s Word and providing services through Brother’s Keeper Street Ministry. Stevie was united in matrimony to Vanessa Walker and to this union one son was born, Stevie James, Jr.
Stevie cherished his family and adored fatherhood, one of his greatest blessings. He loved surprising strangers with gifts of groceries/dinner, he enjoyed movies and reading books and writing, vacationing, making others laugh, and riding around in his convertible enjoying the sunshine. He was a prankster and a great debater. You could hardly win an argument because he would point you in the right direction for the right answer. That’s what everyone loved about him, for he was knowledgeable beyond his years. Stevie graduated from Lafayette High School, attended Rust College, and was in the U.S. Navy prior to joining Olin Winchester Company. A charismatic leader and friend to everyone he met, Stevie always had a smile.
Stevie was called home to his Heavenly Father on May 2, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Mississippi after a brief illness. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Stevie, Jr., 3 stepchildren: Vaneisha Adkins, Corenzo Walker, Javius Faulkner; his beloved mother, Sis. Hosley Mae Bratcher and stepfather Thaddeus Wade Bratcher; siblings Josephine (Wilbun) Wells, Osie “Handsome” James, Jr., Hazel J. Cole, Ph.D., Cecelia (Johnny) Webb, and Priscilla Gillom Fisher, Lula Faye Reed, Valerie (Fred) Reed-Bogard, Linda Reed Lynch, Cathy (Herschel) Riggins. He also leaves a special uncle, Rev. Wall Doxey Lynch, and two special friends, Ann Love and Ronnie Blake, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, H.C. Reed, and grandparents Rev. Bishop Hosley Lynch and Sis. Bessie Lynch.
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