James Gould

Obituary of James Elmer Gould

James Elmer Gould, Jr. was born August 5, 1962, in Camden, New Jersey. "Jimmy", as he was affectionately known by many, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family March 20, 2022, Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, New Jersey. Jimmy spent his childhood years in Camden, New Jersey. He graduated from Camden High School where he played basketball, football and was the Most Valuable Player of the golf team. After graduation, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army. During his years of service, he traveled the world specializing in weaponry and earning several marksman badges. Jimmy was extremely proud of his accomplishments in the military, but he continued to yearn to be closer to his family. After completing his military service, he returned back to New Jersey. On his return, he met his wife, Tina Hogans, and they relocated to Atlantic City. In Atlantic City, Jimmy began working at the Tropicana Casino where he remained employed for more than 20 years. He also worked as an executive chef at the famous Alverty's restaurant before becoming self-employed as a skilled carpenter. Jimmy loved and cherished each and every member of his family and he thoroughly appreciated spending time with them. He enjoyed hosting family reunions, barbecues, and impromptu game nights. He built his own Juke Joint, a place where family and friends could come and always have a great time. At his events, he proudly wore the title of host, chef, DJ, bartender and best dressed. He loved dancing and was the life of the party. Jimmy had a passion for making everyone happy and seeing that they were having a good time. He would often be found playing or teaching others how to play spades, poker, or blackjack. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and, win or lose, he would boldly wear his Eagles coat and hat. Jimmy was a pillar in his community. He took a group of underserved, inner city kids and taught them how to play the drums, at first using only trash cans. As the group garnered more and more attention, more kids wanted to join. The group added a step team and real drums and they blossomed into the School House Stomp Steppers. The drill team became an outlet to many of the kids in the community. The team gave the kids positive role models, taught them structure and discipline, and gave them a sense of belonging. With limited resources, he took the team to compete in events that took place in St. Louis, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, DC, and Virginia, just to name a few. This was the first time that many of the kids and some of the parents left the state of New Jersey. He became the missing piece to people who did not have family and filled them with hope, opportunities, and positive encouragement. He discovered a lot of hidden talents within in his community and impacted the lives of hundreds of youth in Atlantic County. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Sadie M. Seney and James Elmer Gould, Sr.; siblings, Ella Mae Wilson, Mary Seney, Sarah Kennedy, Frances Brown, William Seney, Charles Brown, and Edward Seney; grandchildren, Ryan and Bri'Hogany Hogans; nephews Na'heem Hogans-Henderson, Thomas Kilson, Jr., and James Brown; and his niece, Laura Kilson. In addition to his wife, Tina Hogans, he was blessed with a wonderful family that he leaves behind -- children, Rashema Smiley (Chucky) and their children, Jaire, Jayla, Jaden, and Jordan of Waldorf, MD, Jameal Gould, Sr., and his children, Jamya, Jameal Jr, and Aaron of Mardela Springs, MD, Mahogany Hogans of Atlantic City, NJ, Laeasha Kellam (Brian), and their children, Brian Jr, Malik, and Layla of Mardela Springs, MD, and James Gould-Hogans (Rose), and their children, Jayda, Jaleah, Malani, and Athena of Atlantic City, NJ; siblings, Dorothy Seney, Michael Seney, Theresa Brown, and Walter Seney; sisters-in-law; Nadine Hogans-Snow (Jerry), Michelle Hogans (Jackson), and Christal Hogans-Snow (Larry); goddaughter, Iesha Hogans; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, friends, and all of Atlantic City. A celebration of Jimmy's life and the love his family has for him will be 11AM, Saturday, March 26, 2022, Second Baptist Church, 110 Revered Doctor Isaac Cole Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, New Jersey. Arrangements entrusted to Greenridge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City.