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James Reginald Oxendine, Jr., age 67, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on January 30, 2017 after a battle with cancer at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
James was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 17th, 1949 to parents, James Reginald Oxendine Sr. (Research Physicist), and Ruby Woodley Oxendine (Mental Health Technician). He lived there until the family moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1956. He spent most of his young life in Dayton until he graduated from Nettie Lee Roth HS in 1967. James then moved to Wilberforce, Ohio where he attended Central State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in 1971. He then attended Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC . After receiving his JD degree in 1974 from Georgetown Law School, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where attended Clark Atlanta University working on his Doctorate Degree. James worked on various urban development projects for the city of Atlanta. He lived the remaining years of his life in Atlanta, GA with his close friend and confidant Ernestine Garey.
While at Clark Atlanta University, James was awarded a Ford Fellowship in Political Science. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi – Graduate Chapter, Urban Land Institute, Central Atlanta Kiwanis Club. James served as CEO of the Community Development Service – The Oxendine Group, Food writer for the Atlanta Magazine and other magazines. James also served as Project Director – Minority Business Development, Director – Small Business Administration, Section Chief – Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Project Director – Auburn Avenue Main Street Project, and Deputy Director Community Empowerment Initiative at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. He was a Christian, an avid tennis player, and enjoyed writing articles about food.
James is survived by daughters, Lisa, Angie, Bobbi, and Victoria; brother, Robert Oxendine (Pam) of Durham, NC; sisters, Sheryl Oxendine of Vandalia, OH, and Terri Copeland (Ronnie) of Dayton, OH. Other survivors include cousins, Sally Smith of Sewickley, PA, Kent Ferguson of Middletown, OH; and nieces and nephews, Phillip Oxendine, Nicole Oxendine, Robert Oxendine, II, Alece Oxendine, Christina Oxendine and Jamie Oxendine. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Oxendine, Research Physicist and Ruby Oxendine, Mental Health Technician; and aunts, Olive Bell Smith and Esther Ferguson.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of James will be held 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home Chapel, 300 Simonton RD, SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Georgia Cremation, Duluth, GA 678-584-0914 is assisting the family. Messages of condolence may be viewed or shared at www.GeorgiaCremation.com. The family wishes to share their memorial video by visiting the Georgia Cremation YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/Tm5c7-9H6Yo.