Born in Ohio, Jim moved with his family to Washington, D.C., where he graduated from DeMatha High School, excelling in academics and football. At Princeton he played varsity football until senior year, when he sustained an injury. He majored in history and wrote his senior thesis on “A Look at the Historical Evolution of the Black Contractor Noting His Contemporary Problems and Solutions.”
After graduation, Jim returned to Washington, D.C., and pursued a career with the federal government. He was employed by the Department of Defense until his retirement in February 2020.
Jim attended a Bible study at the Pentagon, studying under Pastor Calvin C. Givens and serving as a Givens Bible College instructor. Jim became a member of a missionary ministry. He was a man of deep faith, and was former chairman of the deacon board at Rhema Christian Center Church.
A family man, he was the devoted father of son Josiah. Jim also enjoyed serving as a sideline coach in youth sports.
The class officers extend deepest sympathy to his wife, René; son Josiah; sisters Jackie Allen, Stacy McGhie, and Lisa McGhie; and brother-in-law Armond Carter.