Mrs. Blanche James, a devoted Christian, educator, teacher, encourager and friend was born October 13, 1930 to the late Lytha Mason and Wyatt Jefferson. She was born into large combined families, eight sisters and eight brothers. All siblings are deceased. Her early years were spent in Brady. Prior to entering high school, she moved to San Angelo, Texas to live with an older brother. She graduated from Blackshear High School in San Angelo, Texas.
College had to be put on hold for a while when Joyce was born. This was a blessing in disguise because this experience made her more caring and patient. Mrs. James resumed her formal education and enrolled at Huston-Tillotson College. She chose English as her major field of study and minor fields were Education and French. In the summer of 1954, she graduated Cum Laude from Huston-Tillotson College.
After graduation she could not find a job, so she worked as a domestic. This gave her an opportunity to work and attend the University of Texas in Austin. In 1958, while attending UT, she met and married James Dotson. Five years passed, and she finally was hired for a semester as a third grade teacher in Midland, Texas. The next semester she returned to Austin, Texas and accepted a position with AISD as a first grade teacher at Oak Springs. She taught at Oak Springs until 1970. Later she transferred to Pecan Springs and taught there until her retirement in 1990.
Mrs. James was married to Samuel Roseman from 1965 to 1971. On a trip to San Antonio, Texas to visit a sick friend, a cousin introduced her to Deacon James. After courting for a few months, they were married. They were members of David Chapel Church but decided to join the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. James spent her later years happily serving at Greater Mount Zion.
Her hobbies are working puzzles, playing board games, collecting shells, brass bells, owls, magnets and angels. Sister Blanche spent time serving the Lord by teaching Sunday School. She was a member of Mission One, Outreach Committee, Senior Ministry and the Deaconess, where she served as chairman for four years. Other activities include Woman’s Day Speaker David Chapel, Greater Mt. Zion and Dunn’s Memorial Baptist Church. She taught Old Fashioned Sunday School at Wesley United Methodist Church for 18 years and gave the overview of the Sunday School lesson at the St. James Baptist Church. Her favorite Scripture was John 14.
She is survived by: three grandsons, Don Lee, Jerrand Lee, and Clay (Beverly) Salazar; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two nieces, Patricia Clay and Wynona (M.C.) Williams; special friends, Elijah “Scottie” Scott, Laverne Mitchell and family, Roscoe Graves, and a host of other relatives and caring friends.