James Albert "Jimmy" Lucas Sr., 69, of Belleview, Fla., passed away at home on Dec. 19, 2011. He was born July 17, 1942, in Frederick, Md., and attended school in Brooklyn, N.Y. In his youth, he sang and traveled with his siblings as his father ministered the gospel. He was so proud of the recordings they made, often sharing with others during his adult years. James accepted Christ as a child, and later rededicated his life to the Lord in 2010.
At the age of 17, he began a career as a long-distance truck driver, being taught to drive tractor-trailers by a family friend. He later drove for MS Carrier and Hall's Trucking Company, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 992.
James enjoyed restoring and collecting antique cars, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed carpentry, taking much pride in rebuilding a home for his former wife Lois and children. He began to rebuild a bungalow on his property in Florida, but due to illness was unable to complete it.
Jimmy, as he was affectionately called, was pre-deceased by a son James "Jamie" Albert Lucas Jr.; his parents, the Rev. Daniel J. and Dorothy E. Lucas; three siblings, Juanita Hill-Rose, Daniel Lucas Jr. and Drucilla Coleman.
Left to cherish their memories of him are five children, Pamela Lucas-Huizing and husband, Marc, Angela Lucas, Jason Lucas, Daniel Lucas and Sasha Lucas; five grandchildren, Ivy Burnett-Key and husband, Kristopher, Isaiah Washington, Derek Hutson, Michael Huizing and Christopher Huizing; eight sisters, Katherine Smith, Dorothy Birts, Sylvia (Fred) Jerkins, Marlene Lucas-Oglesby, Priscilla (Tony) Timberlake, a special sister, Ruth (Derrick) Lucas-Waltz, who made a number of sacrifices during his illness, Lillie (Gus) Morris and Hilda Thomas; an aunt, Virginia Simms, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; two special cousins, Evelyn Johnson and Sylvia Scott; and friends, to include three special friends, Michael Hall, Lavenia and Yvette Mays.
A viewing will begin at noon and a 1 p.m. celebration of James' life will be Friday, Dec. 30, at noon at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1100 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.