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James was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama to Lena and Lucious Taylor. He was the third of five children, Lizzie Brand, W.P. Taylor, Nathaniel Taylor and Gertha Coleman.
Upon graduating high school in the segregated South, James attended Alabama A&M University, served in the United States Army and relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. For many years, James worked as a real estate professional. He and his colleagues participated in fair housing efforts that opened housing opportunities in the Greater Cleveland area for African Americans in the 60s and 70s. He was also well known as the proprietor of the Ludlow Lounge, a popular gathering place for Clevelanders from all walks of life and visitors near and far.
In his later years he enjoyed listening to music, engaging in lively discussions on a myriad of topics with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and most of all attending Academy Street High School Reunions in Troy, AL. He especially loved interacting with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He had the good fortune to meet and marry Juanita Williams (deceased). To this 34 year union three children were born.
James accepted Christ as his lord and savior as a young boy. His 92 years were a testament to his faithfulness in God’s power, protection and promise.
James is survived by his daughter, Grennetta Taylor; son, Nathan Taylor (Mary) and sister, Gertha Coleman of Dayton, Ohio. His middle son, Cornelius preceded him in death. Mourning his passing are his children, special friend Linda Russell, grand children Chavone (Michael), Chandra, Nathaniel, Marquel, Angela, Constunce; great grandchildren Jordyn, Jurnee and Mike Jr. and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.