James Edward Lomax “Jimmy” began his life’s journey on July 12, 1942 in Abbeville, SC to the late Johnnie and Eula Mae Edwards Lomax. Jimmy was the fourth of eight siblings. On May 20, 2020, GOD dispatched an angel of mercy to transfer Jimmy from his earthly home at the Indian Springs Transitional Facility in Madisonville, OH into the serenity of paradise. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest Lee, John Albert and Robert, and his sisters, Eugenia Mae and Mary Lou.
Jimmy began his primary education in the Abbeville County School System and upon graduation, he followed in the footsteps of this sister, Eugenia Mae and relocated to Cincinnati, OH.
After a few years as a sales associate at Shillito’s Department Store, Jimmy entered the United States Navy as a chef. This tour of duty allowed him to explore the world. After his tour of duty, he enrolled at Wilberforce University in Xenia, OH. Upon graduating, he became a store manager at Kinney Shoe Stores. As a manager, he won many plaques and trophies as top sales manager. Upon retiring, he couldn’t go to many places without someone remarking, ‘Hey I know you, you’re the Kinney Shoe Store man.’ Jimmy loved to travel and ventured to approximately 35 of the states.
At an early age, Jimmy accepted Christ while attending Flat Rock A.M.E. Church, in Antreville, SC. After moving to Cincinnati, Jimmy realized he needed a church home and he joined the historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church in 1961, in Cincinnati, OH under the leadership of the late Rev. S.M. Cooper, where he served diligently as a church clerk, on the Trustee Board, Senior Usher Board, Senior Choir, Finance Committee and Lay Organization. Jimmy was passionate about the Hymns of the A.M.E Church and loved to sing.
At a young age, Jimmy had great compassion for the elderly and he adopted a childless couple, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Vauss, whom he loved as dearly as his parents. That relationship lasted many years. They kept in contact with him even after his move to Cincinnati. His appreciation for his elders was a part of his personality. He had a network of elders he kept up with: Mrs. Martha Burton, Mrs. Amy Payne, Mrs. Alleane Green, Mrs. Odell Ard and of course his aunt, Mary Lou Lomax.
He leaves his two sisters, Lizzie Ann Lomax and Thomasina Payne of Cincinnati, OH to cherish his memory and wish for another slice of his pound cake and peach cobbler. He will be missed by his brother- in-law, Julius Floyd of Cincinnati, OH and sister-in-law, Agnes Lomax of Donalds, SC; his beloved sib-lings, Deborah Todd and Edward Motley; nine nieces and seven nephews; a loyal and devoted friend, Ms. Betty “JoAnn” Ord; his crew, Mr. Samuel Brooks, Mr. Darwin Henderson and Mr. Chet Larkin; and a host of beloved great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
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