July 22, 1967 – July 7, 2016

Willie Ray James

Willie Ray James

The world lost a beautiful man and a kind soul with the sudden passing of Willie Ray “Bunn” James, 49, of Seattle Washington, on July 7, 2016.

Known for his integrity and desire to put others’ needs before his own, Bunn was a caring and patient man who always had good things to say. That is except, when he would unleash his larger-than-life personality and clever wit.

Willie Ray James was born July 22, 1967, in Monroe, Louisiana, the son of Willie Lee James and Rosie Daniels McGuire, of Monroe, Louisiana. He graduated from Richwood High School. Shortly after graduation, he relocated to Seattle, Washington, where he worked in the food service industry, with the Wendy’s Corporation.

His conscientious approach to his job mirrored his life at home. He provided a glowing example of how to live life through a commitment to professional and personal excellence. He did everything first-class, believing anything less than his best was a waste of time and talent.

Willie Ray’s family would like to extend a special thank you for all of your support during these difficult times. Willie Ray was a special part of our family who will live on forever in our hearts. He was blessed with so many great friends. We want to express our heart-felt gratitude and say thank you to each one of you for making this difficult time a little easier. He will have a special place in all our hearts, and through our cherished memories he will live on forever.

In addition to his parents, Willie Ray is survived by two sisters, Sgt. Sheila K. James, Houston, TX; Deborah J. Brown (Harland), Blacksburg, VA; two brothers: Donald Ray James, Seattle, WA, and Elton Neal James, Monroe, LA; he was a father figure and a favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, whether through blood or friendship; and also leaves cherished memories to his uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

The family has asked that condolences and donations be sent to his parents: Mrs. Rosie Lee Daniels McGuire, 501 South Grand Plaza, Apt. 115, Monroe, La. 71201 and Willie Lee James, 116 Carter Dr., Monroe, La. 71203

Willie Ray James will be remembered as a great guy who the world only saw with a smile on his face. All are welcome to attend a memorial service Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Bailey-Boushay House, Seattle Central District 2720 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112.


“Thank you for the gifts you left us … and for the memories we will always hold close.”

22 Responses to “WILLIE RAY “BUNN” JAMES”

  • Tabitha Brown says:

    Uncle Ray ray you always had a smile on your face. You are in a better place. Jordan and I will always remember you. Love you!

  • Almetrius Richie says:

    The St. Paul Baptist Church family would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family during your time of bereavement.

  • Wayne Brown says:

    My deepest sympothe goes out to the family. May Jehovah God heal you keep you during this trying time in Jesus name.

  • Murrell & Gracie Anderson says:

    Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May our great Creator grant you peace and understanding. His love and compassion will be with you to carry you through difficult days.

  • Trena Adams says:

    Sheila, I am praying for you and your family, that you find peace through Christ, and strength during this time of bereavement for your brother. May God Bless and Keep you and your family.

  • Madeline Jones, Houston, TX says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. I pray that each of you find peace that surpasses all understanding throughout this extremely trying time. God bless.

  • Madeline Jones, Houston, TX says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. May you find peace that surpasses understanding as you go through this trying time.

  • Pearl Daniels Monroe Louisiana says:

    My condolences to my family the Lost of my cousin rest in heaven love you always my prayers are with the rest of the family

  • Montreal Brown says:

    You will be deeply missed Uncle Bunn.Learned a lot from you and will always carry the loving careing ways you taught me. May our Lord welcome you with open arms and loving grace. May God be with our family in this time of mourning.

  • Dueshun Holden and Family says:

    RIH,my dear sweet and loving cousin, you were a good person never met no stranger’s always help, that’s the way I’ll remember you as,A Happy go lucky person,Well the Lord has call another angel home, Until we meet again

  • Y. Warren says:

    James Family 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (MSG) says of The Master’s Coming – And regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don’t want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus. And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they’ll be ahead of us. The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God’s trumpet blast! He’ll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first. Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words. JAMES’ we are with you during this time of sorrow, we are never alone as he was not alone and we will see BUNN again. Take Heart!

  • Pamela Daniels says:

    With tears in my eyes I’m writing this to say I love you and I really regret that I didn’t get a chance to come and visit with you when you came to Houston,Texas to visit. My heart is heavy and you surely will be missed. God has you now. There’s no more worrying and no more stress. Rest easy cousin until we meet again. Kiss Grandma for me

  • Sally Dennis says:

    I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.

  • Raymond Harris says:

    May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time and give you strength to accept His will. My prayers are continually with you!

  • Haywood & Laverne Canada says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are for your family. Knowing that God is always right will help to heal your broken hearts in due time.

  • Haywood & Laverne Canada says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Knowing that God is always right in due times will heal all broken hearts. Love to all.

  • Shelia says:

    Little brother , my love will drown you but GOD loves you more….. I know you will be looking out for us all. I can’t say ……. So we will have ice cream soon.

  • Winfrida says:

    RIP brother in love, you will always be in our hearts until we meet again❤️❤️

  • Bertha K. Scott says:

    On behalf of your James Family in Monroe. I could never tell you apart from your brother, but you will be truly miss and my heart goes out to your parents and the rest of your immediate family. We loved you, but God loved you more.

  • Debra K. Wiggins says:

    To The Family,
    Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday.
    Unseen,unheard but always near in our hearts forever dear.

    Praying for all of you; may he RIP
    May the family find solance in books and verses:
    John 3:16 & 2 Corinthians 5

  • Carolyn Davis says:

    My condolences and heartfelt prayers to Sergeant James and her extended family on the passing of their loved one that will be greatly missed. May God give you the strength and the courage to get through the days after all the cards, phone calls and visiting stops and you continue with your regular routine on your daily basis. Absence from the body but presence with the Lord.

  • Rebecca "Beck" says:

    i will always remember the “Twin” Willie Ray. He still looked the same as I remember him. So many days of my childhood include you directly and indirectly. Either way, it was never a dull moment when you were around. I thank you for the memories and I send my love and prayers to your family and love ones. You will be missed. Love, Beck.

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