Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, East Moline, with services Wednesday, May 2, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. The Rev. P. Wonder Harris will officiate. Burial is at Hampton Township Cemetery.
James was born March 22, 1941, in Crystal Springs, Miss., to Leodia and Bessie Whalum McGowan. He was one of nine children. He graduated in 1960 from Crystal Springs High School, where he excelled in sports, especially in basketball, and he received the nickname "Ace." He moved to the Quad-Cities area in 1965. He married Louella G. French on Sept. 10, 1971, and was married for 35 years when she preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2006.
He was a welder at East Moline Metal Products and retired after 38 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, watching CNN, old westerns and sports. He was an avid golfer and was a fan of the Yankees, Colts and the Boston Celtics. He was also a fan of the United Township basketball team for the past 40 years. James particularly loved spending time with his grandchildren who were his pride and joy.
James leaves to cherish his memory daughters, Stacie French, Rock Island, Nicole (Gary) Madison, Silvis; grandchildren, Damon Overton, Derryl Overton and Taylor French, all of East Moline; brothers, William and Tom McGowan, both of Moline, Leodia McGowan Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister, Lillian Eubanks, Atlanta, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Mae French, East Moline, and Beverlee Christopher, Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Cherokee (Lydia) French, Missouri, Bruce French, East Moline, Eugene (Gladys) French, Los Angeles; aunt, Evelyn Anderson, East Moline; special nieces, Bridget O'Neal and Emily Eubanks, both of Atlanta; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe and Almeda Carmichael and Faye Abram. He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Louella; and sisters, Ann Dixon, Cleo McGowan and Edna Godfrey.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanellisltd.com.
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