James Dangerfield, Sr. was born on October 8, 1933 in Uniontown, AL to Sophie Dangerfield and Bob Travis. James passed away quietly at home. He was preceded in death by his parents; his youngest sister, Teache Dangerfield; his brothers, Robert Sr. and Isiah Dangerfield; two sons, Raymond and John; and great-grand-son, Sterling. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Mary L. Dangerfield; sons, Anthony (Deborah), James and David; his daughter, Tonya Dangerfield; grandchildren, Krishonda and Raymond Jr.; a host of great-grandchildren; one brother, Will Dangerfield (Grace) of Cincinnati, OH; sisters, Emma, Jesse and Minnie of Pensacola, FL; special friends, Ted and Pat Lewis, Geraldine and Bonnie Ullett; brother-in-law, Arthur Watkins, Jr.; sister-in-law, JoAnn Hawthorne; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
James Dangerfield, Sr. was not a church believer, but he was a believer in Jesus Christ.
James served and enjoyed his time in the Army and fought in the Korean War, where he earned his medal as a sharp shooter. He received several skills while serving his time there such as, the discipline of being on time. He was never late for anything, always there 1 hour before his appointment time. He also learned the skill of shining shoes, when he shined a shoe, you better believe that shine lasted for a couple of weeks, and would not wear those shined shoes in the rain, that was a no no. He also loved and enjoyed car buffing and waxing. He wasn’t much of an auto mechanic, but he always kept the outside of his cars cleaned, even those that he had wrecked, they had a shine as well. James was a great cook, loved to plant, wasn’t much for flowers, but vegetables all over the yard was a great thing for him. Cutting grass was also one of his greatest skills. No one could ever work in his yard alone. I guess that’s a part of the military skills he acquired of management control. If you ever worked in his yards, you best believe you will hear that stern voice of his telling you where to cut and where not to cut, otherwise don’t do it, I will do it myself. He would tell you I don’t need you, you’re no help to me. James was a great ball player. He played ball even during the age of 55 and played better with the help of his Gordon’s.
James was a great ballroom dancer, enjoyed his parties, a great card player, and let’s not forget his horse racing, River Downs, Belterra Casino, and other always knew their employees were going to get paid when they saw him arriving in this place.
After serving his years in the military, he started working as a bus boy at the Sheraton Gibson Hotel, and his motivation led him into other areas of the company working several years as a top waiter, with the Bankers Club. James spent the remaining years dedicated to the United Postal Service, which carried him to his retirement of 44 years, which he enjoyed to the fullest. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought he owned and built the Post Office. He met a lot of friends there; he never met anyone that misunderstood him. He would let you know where he stood and didn’t care if you liked it or not. He always spoke his mind because he was the “Postal General”. Also known to others as Bro Fox, aka Plute, and other choice names, your loving wife will always remember you as Sexy.
James has an example for all, he always stated, “If you want to keep a job, you have to be there. It’s better to be late than not to be there at all.” James lived that life, good days and bad days, he was always there.
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