Jacob Alexander James, 17, of Waldron, Indiana, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019.
He was born March 26, 2002, in Indianapolis to Thomas Patrick James and Shelley Jean (Lanter) Adams.
Jacob is survived by his mom, Shelley (husband, Brian) Adams of Waldron; dad, Thomas P. James (Erica Joyce) of San Dimas, CA; sister, Abigail Joy James, step-brothers, Cole Adams and Ryan (Maura) Adams; maternal grandma, Betty (Ryle) Harrison; maternal grandparents, Tom (Lulia) Lanter, of AZ; Step-grandparents, Diana Ash (Erwin Fagel) of Waldron; step-grandfather, Tom Adams, step-grandmother, Rhonda Adams; aunts and uncles, Billy and Tracy Cole and Troy and Beth Lanter; uncle, George James; aunts, Susie Curnutt; Elda Cecilia Watts; Elizabeth Kesseler; and Rhonda James-Carter; and several cousins and extended family.
Jacob was preceded in death by his step-grandfather, Mike Ash; grandmother, Christine Wilson James; grandfather, Frank Marshall James, M.D.; and step-grandfather, Everett Harrison.
He was a senior at Waldron High School, a member of Nation Honor Society and at the top of his class. As a Kroger employee, he was a dedicated worker.
Jacob was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. He is a registered member of the Osage Nation and was very proud of his American Indian heritage. He was an Eagle Scout and member of BSA Troop 220, Waldron. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his friends. His most precious times were spent with his family and helping others.
He was a dedicated and hardworking student and athlete. Jacob had an infectious laugh and enjoyed encouraging and supporting his teammates, as well as his competitors.
Jacob enjoyed many youth sports but excelled in track and cross-country at Waldron. He was also the Waldron Mohawks mascot.
In his freshman and sophomore cross-country year he qualified for Semi-State. In his junior year, he qualified for State. This year, his senior year, he qualified for Semi-State, that will be held this weekend, at Blue River Cross Country course in Shelbyville where a moment of silence will be observed in his memory.
Jacob also excelled in track. He qualified for State indoor track during his sophomore and junior years. In outdoor track, he earned many conference and county titles in multiple events. His junior year, he qualified for State and broke the school 3200-meter record.
Jacob was a respectful young man, who enjoyed life to the fullest with emphasis on faith, family, friends, education and sports.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m.; Friday, October 25, 2019, at Waldron High School.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m.; Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Pall Hill Cemetery in St. Paul, with Dr. Robb Barlow officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Waldron Athletic Boosters Club, in care of, Waldron Jr. Sr. High School, P.O. Box 369, Waldron, IN 46182, in memory of Jacob James. Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Jacob’s family. Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com