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Funeral service for James Delaney will be Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Hopkins Mortuary in Thomasville. James C. Delaney was born September 27, 1927 at Winstead Plantation to the parentage of the late Willis Delaney Jr. and the late Mamie Clark Delaney. At the age of twelve, he confessed Christ and became a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church of Campbell Street. His family moved to Thomasville in 1938. Upon marriage to Mrs. Mary C. Delaney, he moved his membership to Piney Grove M.B. Church in order to be with her. For many years, he served on the Trustee Board and was chairman of the finance committee. Later upon the request of his deceased mother and sister, respectively, he and his wife moved their membership to St. Luke C.M.E. Church where he served as past chairman of the Stewards Board. In 1988, he became a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church under the pasturage of Rev. Dr. I.L. Mullins Jr. There he served as a member of the Adult Men's Church School, Guiding Light Club, Trustee Board and a short time was spent in the Recording Choir. His educational background began at Pebble Hill Plantation and later at Douglass High School. He served in World War II and in the Reserves for three years. Also, he attended Masonry School under the late James Gary. Work experience includes Stegall Electric Company for numerous of years. Seeing the need to expand the skill, he became self-employed with his business whose name was Delaney Electric Appliance Repair. Late in 1983, a new name was given, Delaney Electric Company. In 1992, due to the illness of his wife, he was forced to retire. He was also a member of Mitchell Temple Lodge #736 and Tried Stone Lodge #1. Survivors include son, Luther (Carole) Gordon of Thomasville, Georgia; brother, Wilbert (Mary) Delaney of Thomasville, Georgia; granddaughters, Vakesha Brown and Tameka (Joseph) Brown of Thomasville, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Jailah Armstrong, Dakaja Samuel and Devin Samuel of Thomasville, Georgia; nephews, James Johnson and Jerome Johnson of Thomasville, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding him in death are his wife, Mary C. Delaney, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis (Mamie) Delaney, his brothers Roscoe, Clyde and Richard Delaney and sister Doris M. Johnson. His life's motto was "All things are possible through Christ, our Maker and Creator." Hopkins Mortuary
Published on August 28, 2017
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