Carmi Beriah James, Jr. aka “CB”, “By-O”, “Chairman of the Board
October 20, 1943 – January 5, 2020 Age: 76
Farm Road. The Grove. Ms. Russell’s lemon pie, fritters and hamburgers. Soda crackers and cheese. Slam Bam. Grape soda. Vanilla Milkshakes. Yellow cake through Wesley Church corner. Western Senior School. Hard Mouth. Could cuss a royal cuss. Cat n Fiddle. Silver Slipper. Banana Boat. Soul Music. Loved music. Great sense of humor. Prince Charles and Carmichael Drive in Theatres. Marcona Ocean Industries. “Chairman of the Board”. Master welder. Checkerboard polyester pants in three color combinations. Platform shoes. Cologne. Peanuts – white, warmed over. Mortimer’s Sno-Ball. Howard Johnson’s Ice Cream. Slam Bam. Hangovers. The Hairy Bank. Fiery homemade, conch salad. Extravagant with friends. Violent. Addictive personality. Funny. Loud. Insecure. Performative. Cruel. Big tipper. Generous. Loved night life. Gambler. PLP? All The Way! Pum pum shorts. Foot rubbing that could start fires. Foghorn snores. Southerners Lounge. The Zanzibar. Bowe. Percy. Toote. Stokes. Flowers. Box it! First Street. Seventh Street. Lewis Street. Chippingham. Kiki Street. Cat Island. Jamaica. Chinese food. AME. Ford Mustang, Thunderbird and Cadillac. Lexus. Narcissist. Prostate Cancer. Pain. Pain. Pain. Paralysis. Loss of Control. Anger. Acceptance. No Regrets. Death.
Carmi Beriah James, Jr. (aka “CB”, “By-O”, “Chairman of the Board”) was born October 20, 1943 in Nassau to Reverend CB James Sr. of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Mabel King James of King’s Yard, Cat Island. He was their sixth and last child.
He died on January 5, 2020, at age 76 and no one was more surprised than him. Despite millions and billions of examples to the contrary, Daddy thought he would live forever.
He is survived by his wife: Elverna (Vernie); three daughters: Evadnie Wilson (Horace), Keshia James-Hicks(Joe) and Erica Moiah James; Four grandsons: Rohan Wilson, Myles, Noah and August Hicks.
He has one surviving brother, Ivan James. Nieces and nephews include Ollimae Tynes, S. Anthony Brown, Raymond Brown, Terri Braynen, Yvette Lavarity, Ivan James Jr., Abigail Minus, Patricia(PJ) James, Harry James, Jeremy Rolle, Ivan James, Ervin James, Jackie James, Sabrina James Flowers, Eldora James, Troy James, Sharon James, Brandon Burrows, Kevin Lockhart, Mona Knowles, Mika Thompson, Krista Burrows, Pina Davis and Stanya Davis. Cousins include Rosabelle Bethel, Shirley Gibson, Althea McMillan, Miriam Smith, Netta Bowen, Athama Bowe, Anthony Bowe, Cabrena Bowe; Cat Island Clans– the King, McKay, Moncur, Greenslade families, and the descendants of Justina Wallace-James and William James of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sisters and Brother-in-laws – Zel and Lorenzo Lockhart, Wilma and Dennis Marshall, Dorothy Jean James, Lucy James, Eleanor James and Brenda Burrows.
Friends include Sandra Woodside, Winnifred Thompson and Family, Cynthia Davis and Family, Rachel Edgecombe and Family, Kenny, Teddy, Arthur Higgs, Stan Davis, Anthony Sampson and Family, Craig Flowers and Family, Greg Woodside, Stanford and Paula Nairn, George Wilson, Nigel Ingraham, Dr. Gibson, Dr. Joseph Evans and family, Colin Bowe, Basil “Six” Francis, The Chipman Family, Lester Gardiner, Charles McKinney, John Stuart, Mike Stuart, Donnie Stuart, Godfrey Eneas, Mr. “Biscuit” Hanna and Family, Honorable Brave Davis, Ed Bethel, Very Reverend Steven Thompson, Archbishop Gilbert Thompson, Valentine Grimes and Family, Dr. Philip Thompson, Mrs. Joyce Bain, Mr. Basil Dean and Family, Stephen “Garbo” Coakley and family, Willie Mays and Family, Andrew Conliffe and Family, Mrs. Sharon Saunders, The Dalton Gang, residents and friends of Seventh Street the Grove. Pets, Laila, Essence and Napoleon, and many more too numerous to mention.
He was pre- deceased by his parents, his brothers William, William’s twin James King-James, Eric, and his sister Olga Brown.
A service to honor his life will be held at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Vesey Street at 1pm, Friday, January 24, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation to help settle his medical expenses and affairs, there will be offering envelopes available at the service.
Raise a glass of Anejo in his memory.
There will be no public viewing (he was vain).