James B. DeLoach Jr. (1963-2014)

James DeLoach

            James Berry DeLoach Jr passed away 9/11/2014 at St. Catherine’s Hospital after a long battle with illness.  He is now happily with His Lord and family in heaven.

James Berry De Loach, Jr. was born on March 15, 1963 to parents James Berry DeLoach and Madgielean Ruth Hobdy DeLoach in Winnfield, Louisiana. The family moved to Orange, Texas when he was four years old. At a young age, he dedicated his life to Christ and became an active member of Starlight Baptist Church in Orange, Texas.

James completed his high school education at West Orange Stark High School with the Class of 1981 in Orange, Texas. He was a longtime, loyal member of the Gate City Lodge Number 31 Masons becoming a Master Mason in Orange,Texas. He attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. During his education he was a class photojournalist and perfected his art for the school newspaper and fellow students. He then served our country by joining the United States Navy as a Chaplain’s assistant and protector. Most of his service was at Great Lakes Naval center in North Chicago, IL. In 1992 he completed his service, receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy and relocated to nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin.

He worked at Walmart’s photography studios for several years and went back to school in 1997. He attended Gateway Tech for two years for graphic art and photography and began his own photo studio Artistic Expressions. He joined Second Baptist Church, helped teach Sunday school and did photography work for his fellow parishioners at events.  He met his good friend Linda Bergstrom in 1992 and together they raised two sons James Berry DeLoach III and Robert M. Bergstrom.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Madgielean DeLoach and twin sister, Veronica Una. He leaves to cherish his memory his father, James Berry DeLoach, Sr. and sister, Jacqueline E. DeLoach Rachal of Orange, Texas, his friends Linda Bergstrom and Ernest Coleman, their sons James and Robert, his niece, Victoria Rachal of Beaumont, Texas, Uncles Sebron (Tonitte) DeLoach, Jr., Felix (Edna) DeLoach, of Shreveport, Louisiana, Aunt, Margaret (Perry) Hollingsworth of Winnfield, Louisiana and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday September 17th 2014 at 11:00AM at Second Baptist Church in Kenosha. (3925-32nd Avenue) Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday at the church from 9:30AM until the time of services. Burial will follow at Southern WI Veterans Cemetery in Union Grove, WI.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the family to cover the expenses of the funeral.

Thoughts for James B. DeLoach Jr. (1963-2014);

  • My sincere condolences to the De Loach family. James has been coming into our store for years and he has always been a pleasure to talk with about life events and photography. He was always upbeat and love to talk about his sons.

    We will miss him greatly. God bless.

  • My deepest condolences to the DeLoach family. Having known Brother James for only a short period of time, it was a pleasure sharing photography ideas and studying God’s Word with him.
    He will be greatly missed.
    May you be strengthened by the memories of the great times you shared.

  • Darlene Rokusek says:

    I would like to express my sympathy to the family of James DeLoach. I met James at St. Catherines when I was a spiritual companion to the dialysis patients there. We had many great conversations, and much in common because I have an autistic grandson. He had a great talent for photography!
    May the Lord be your comfort during this time.

  • I will eternally miss you dear friend and mentor. I still cannot believe you are gone. I will always cherish the lessons you have taught me and the unconditional loving-kindness you extended to me over our 22-year friendship. You have taught me what a true friend is. I have a huge hug for you when I great you on the other side. Keep watching out for all of us as you have always done. Many blessings to you now and forever.

    ~ Your BFF Forever.
    🙂 Keep smiling.

  • James you are truly missed … you were a Amazing friend not even a friend more like family to me.. I was so hurt to find out you were gone .. when I came to check on you.. I keep playing our last conversation in my head … still waiting for you to call me back… it hurts that no one got in touch with me for me to say farewell for now until we meet again.. it’s been years but I still haven’t found a friend like you… I Miss you a lot every time I go to Kenosha I think about coming to see you … I Miss our Great talks .. I could always count on you… I just want to Thank You for letting me a part of your life… til we meet again 💙

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