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Walter Daniel (Tony) James, Jr.

Memorial for Walter Daniel (Tony) James, Jr.

Born on Oct. 28, 1970
Departed on May 16, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
09:00 am - 8:00 pm
Service: Thursday, May 21, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Walter Daniel (Tony) James, Jr.

Walter Daniel James, Jr., affectionately known as "Tony", arrived in this world the morning of Wednesday October 28, 1970. His sweet spirit departed the morning of Saturday May 16, 2009. At his side in birth and in his passing, were parents: Walter James and Brenda [James] Miller. Tony is also survived by older sister: Jeannette [James] Meador, brother-in-law, Marvin Meador, nieces: Olivia and Elizabeth Meador, and step-father: Bill Miller.

As a child, Tony was loving, curious, and artistic. He was fascinated with the fictional stories of Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as, real-life Astronomy and space travel. Tony also enjoyed playing outside with the neighborhood kids, but unlike most, he knew when it was time for a nap. He was notorious for leaving a game to go get some shut-eye. In addition, he had a wonderful talent for drawing which he learned from his father.

Tony attended the Texas School for the Deaf, Reilly Elementary, graduated from Reagan High School (1989), and took a few classes at ACC, the local community college.

He also enjoyed many days of his youth in the farm community of Kennard – East, Texas with paternal grandparents Douglas and Lida Mae James; Aunts: Marian Ward (Melvin) and Lois Ward (Edwin); Uncle Buddy - Benjamin James (Edna); and Cousins: Marques Ward, Cassandra Robinson (Porter), Benny Ward, Henry Ward, Robert James, Weldon James, Belford James and Angela James.

In Austin and Dickinson, TX, he spent time with maternal grandfather Samuel R. Paige; Great-Aunts: Ovella Clark, Arnita Clark, Myrtle Clark-Kelley, Bertha Mae Clark; Uncles: Johnny Paige, Walter Paige, Chuck Paige (Ann); and Cousins Glennis Denmon, Phyllis Clark, Patricia Hunter, Gerald Brown (Tansie), JoAnna Paige, Alex Paige, Anthony Paige, Timothy Paige, and Cookie, Tonya and Pearl Townsend.

As an adult, Tony lived on his own in Austin, Texas, leading a quiet, humble life. He liked watching movies and rooting for his favorite teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Longhorns and the San Antonio Spurs (that is, if they were doing a good job). He was also an avid collector of medieval art and sports memorabilia. He occasionally enjoyed spending time at his mother's home, and running his Saturday errands with Bill. For 15 years Tony worked the night shift in housekeeping at Walnut Hills Convalescent Center. During the past 3 years, he never missed a day of work – he was a dependable man. When Tony said he was going to be somewhere at a certain time, you'd better believe he was there. Among other admirable qualities, Tony was a very honest person. You could always trust that he was telling the truth, or would do the right thing in any given situation. He was also very patient. As a person who was hearing impaired, this trait seemed to be perfected in Tony, because it helped him communicate in a world that didn't always know how to talk to him. For instance, when sign language or lip reading couldn't do the job, writing back and forth with someone on a piece of paper helped out many times.

Tony was, and is, very much loved. Seeing his smile and knowing he was happy, was enough to brighten our day. We are missing him deeply, but also believe that his soul is at peace with the Lord who knows him and created his inmost being.

Services entrusted to A Life Celebrtion by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.

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