Jessica Allen “Jess” James, age 56, of Abingdon, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was employed by the Washington County Virginia School System for around 20 years in various capacities. Jess was an active member of Valley Street Baptist Church where she served as the church clerk, pianist, and taught Sunday school. She was a graduate of Berea College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hotel Management. Jess loved to journal, crochet, make jewelry, and encourage others. She loved singing, worshipping, cooking, writing, and looking at nature.
Jess was preceded in death by her father, Kenwood Allen James.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Alice Chapman James; son, Myles Alexander James, of the home; three siblings: Otis (Kay) James of Clarksville, Tenn.; Deatrice Lynn James of Abingdon, Va.; and Leslie James Webb of Lexington, Ky.; special aunt, Nellie Foster of Abingdon, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Dwayne Knight officiating. A committal service will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Johnice Knight, Tina Marie Foster, Penny Anderson, and Jackie Foster for being there for Jess.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guestbook. The family is Jessica Allen “Jess” James is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).