- April 12, 1953 - March 17, 2015
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
of James' Passing
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The Obituary James Weldon Hart Sr. was born on April 12, 1953 to the late P. Lee and the late Hazel M. Hart in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. James was the third child born within this union. In 1979, James met a young woman, by the name of Marguerite (Tweeter) Green. This relationship produced 2 children, James Jr. and Minyara. Although his parents provided him with the name James, they probably did not imagine how well he would live up to its meaning of 'supplanter,' which literally means to replace one thing with another. And that is just what he did on January 3, 1990! A new life replaced the past that no longer served him! He replaced dependency with loyalty, lies with integrity, fear with love, and destruction with discipline. One day at a time, clean, turned into 25 years at the time of his passing! James began his education in the Philadelphia school system, but many years later earned a G.E.D. In 1995, James graduated from Community College of Philadelphia receiving an Associate Degree in Mental Health Social Science and Certification in Drug and Alcohol. He also obtained an Associate Addictions Counselor Certification II. James' experience and education propelled him in his work at several agencies to empower others to live a drug free life. James' last place of employment was the Horizon House Inc. Although James was only there from 2011 – 2014, he made a huge impact on not only the lives of his clients, but also his co-workers. James was serious about his money; however his service did not stop with his employment. He also affected the lives of those within his community. He was a big supporter of the organization, Men of Millcreek. For several years, the Men of Millcreek have presented James with several awards for his support and involvement. James also volunteered at Community College of Philadelphia in their Social Services Learning Lab. If he wasn't at work, you could probably catch James at the cornerstone of the black man's community "the barbershop." James would often meet with his dear friends, son and nephews at the barbershop. They say lullabies are only for those that just came to us in this life, but on March 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm it was for our beloved James. Instead of a nursery rhyme, familiar words from a beloved icon of James', Marvin Gaye ushered him to a job well done as music played softly in his room… 'You know we got to find a way…to bring some lovin' here today.' 'What's Going On' could not be more fitting for a man whom was in touch with his community and in touch with his own ability to be a catalyst for change. Today, we celebrate James' life, and his place in all of our lives we who are here today and even those that wanted to be here but could not. Along with his children James Jr. and Minyara, James also leaves to honor and cherish his memory, daughter-in-law, Tanea; 7 grandchildren, Jamirah, Jy'Dasia, Kyhla, Nyera, Mekhi, Kashmir, Kahliyah - James and another one on the way; 2 siblings, Billy and Carolyn; 1 aunt, Bernice Gray; surrogate aunt, Merceda Dempsey; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; a host of cousins; special friends, whom James considered as family, Shannie, Gregory, Jerome, Kawme and Warren; and countless friends to numerous to name.
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