John Henry James

July 9, 1952 ~ December 1, 2017 (age 65)

John Henry James, Jr., 65 of Narrows went to meet with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

He was born at Norton, Virginia on July 9th, 1952, and was the son of the late John Henry James, Sr. and Ovie Taylor James. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Linda Lou and Brenda Sue James, Lona Blevins and husband Gaines, and Pauline Swindall and husband Lindy; four brothers, Willard and Walter James, Lonnie James and wife Doris, and Ronald James and wife Betty.

John was a member of the Cedar Grove Church of Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Donetta Riddle James; two stepchildren, Amanda C. Wall and husband Aaron, Clifton Lee Clowers and Brittany Nicole Brock; one grandson, Caleb A. Wall; his dear loving mother-in-law Caroleene Riddle Clowers, who he thought of as his own mother, all of Narrows; a brother, Emory Allen James and wife Shirley of Eastanollee, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Wilma B. James of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Doretta Riddle Collins and husband Donald of Pembroke, Virginia; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Hubert Riddle and wife Patricia of Narrows; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 5th at 11 AM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Harold Goins, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service Monday from 6 to 8 PM.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

  • Visitation

    December 04, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Riffe's Funeral Service

    600 Main Street
    Narrows, VA
    (540) 726-2442

  • Funeral Service

    December 05, 2017
    11:00 AM

    Riffe's Funeral Chapel

    600 Main Street
    Narrows, VA

  • Interment

    Roselawn Memorial Gardens

    2880 N Franklin St
    Christiansburg, VA

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