James Laster was born in Atmore on May 4, 1937, to the late Edgar and Cladie (McCorvey) Laster Sr.
He spent his childhood in Atmore and received Christ at an early age when he joined Greater Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist Church.
James graduated from Escambia County Training School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the United States Army, where he was released with honorable discharge.
After serving, he moved to New York and worked construction for many years. Later, he relocated to Detroit, Mich., where he was a dedicated Forklift driver at Eastern Market until he returned home to Atmore, where he spent time with family and friends.
In his pastime, James enjoyed fishing, watching western movies and sports and doing crossword puzzles.
On July 8, 2019, Laster departed this earthly life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Cladie Laster; siblings, Melvin, Edgar Jr., Carl, Charles, Nora, Lucy, Jacquline and great granddaughter, Mica A. Jones.
He leaves to cherish his memories, one son, Michael (Delois) Wilson Sr.; five grandchildren, Michelle (Layton) Frye, Michael (Jo Anna) Wilson Jr., Derrick (Rihana) Mason, Janet Wilson, and James (Latressa) Wilson Sr.; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren, all of Atmore; one adopted brother, Willie James Buford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to niece and nephews, Lenora Laster, and Eric and Tony Brown; God children, Sharon Worthy of Honolulu, Hi., Sandra Renee Jones of Sacramento, Calif., Shaqunia Kyles and Roderick McDowell, both of Atmore; dedicated friend, Paul Ikner of Atmore; and faithful cousin, Willie Frank McCorvey of Pensacola, Fla.
A special thanks goes to Atmore Home Health (Samaria Boggan), Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Atmore Nursing Center and Southern Care Hospice.
A celebration of life has been entrusted to Mayberry Funeral Home of Atmore.
A public visitation will be held this Fri., July 19, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. from the Mayberry Funeral Home Chapel of Atmore.
A celebration of life service will be held this Sat., July 20, 2019, at noon at Greater Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist Church of Atmore with the Rev. Willie Hawthorne as host pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson Sr. as eulogist.
Interment will be held in Lucious Cemetery with Mayberry Funeral Home directing.