Obituary of James Xavier Lancaster, Jr.
James Xavier Lancaster, Jr., the oldest of nine children, was born in Washington, District of Columbia, on January 29, 1935, to the late Juanita Elizabeth Brooks and James Xavier Lancaster, Sr. He attended the public schools in Washington and later enlisted in the United States Navy. As a teenager, Jimmy moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he met and was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, the late Ernestine Joyce Thompson on June 10, 1954. From this union they were blessed with four loving children: Jimmy, Wayne, Nadine and Stacey. Later in years he married Alice Williams in which their marriage was later dissolved. He was employed as an Engineer at Wyeth Laboratories in Collegeville, Pennsylvania from which he retired. Jimmy truly loved his family and proudly boasted about how he was blessed with the best children in the world. He was a devoted father who enjoyed life. He enjoyed cooking and made the best ribs in town. All he ever wanted was for everyone to be happy and at peace with one another. Jimmy was a man of few words with a big heart; a devoted friend and confidant to his friends and extended family; and a hero to his children - once pulling a man out of a fierce burning house to safety. Yes, our Dad, our Hero, our Friend forever and for always in our hearts. Anyone that knew Jimmy knew that he was an outdoorsman. He looked forward to rising up each morning to feed the birds in his yard and enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden. In earlier years, he owned a boat and enjoyed fishing and taking family and friends out on the water. He also owned a horse and loved horseback riding. Last but not least, he was an animal lover. Two of his best friends, who preceded him in death, were his dogs. Both were named Country (a Great Dane/German Shepherd mix and a Rottweiler). What would eventually become a highlight for him was his annual trips to Puerto Rico, where he relaxed, soaked up the sun and walked on the beautiful sandy beaches. Jimmy received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and began attending Faith Baptist Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey. One of his favorite Scriptures he often quoted was "We walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) James Xavier Lancaster, Jr., leaves to cherish his memory four loving children: James Xavier Lancaster III and his wife, Cynthia; Michael Wayne Lancaster and his wife, Linda; Nadine Joyce Smith and her husband, Willie; and Iris Stacey Polk and her husband, Ronald. The proud grandfather of Shirea, LaKeisha, Michael, Diana, Joshua, Shante (who preceded him in death), and Oriana. Ten great grandchildren. Eight siblings: Juan, Franz (Sonny) and his wife Carmilla, Karl (who preceded him in death), David and his wife Rhonda, Darrell, Joan, Yvonne (Cookie) and Diane, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lovingly submitted, The FamilyTo plant a tree in memory of James Lancaster, Jr., please visit Tribute Store
Faith Baptist Church 829 Tilton Road, Pleasantville NJ US 08232 Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, 09:00 am - 10:00 am
Faith Baptist Church 829 Tilton Road, Pleasantville NJ US 08232 Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, 10:00 am
Northwood Cemetery 15th & Haines Streets, Philadelphia PA US 19126 Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, 1:00 pm