James Marshall Mosley, Sr. was born April 19th, 1953, in Greenwood, Mississippi, to Lillie Mosley-Townsend and Marshall Brew. James professed his faith and commitment to Jesus Christ in the Baptist Church at an early age. He was the second oldest of ten children, and throughout his youth, he helped his mother maintain the household by taking care of his younger brothers and sisters by doing whatever was required of him.
James was educated in the St. Louis Public School System for his K-12 development and graduated from Soldan High School in 1971. Before leaving High School, he met the love of his life, Carol Burt, in 1970. James and Carol were together for 52 years and married for 47 years.
James started working early in life, and at 14, he worked at Stouffer's Restaurant as a bus boy. He later worked at Shipmates in the garment district until he was 23 in 1976. In 1977 he went to work for Bestway Rental for ten years and worked as a Reserve Police Officer in Pagedale, Missouri, on the weekends until the late 1980s. His father Marshall bought him his first Semi Truck in 1987, and in 1988 he obtained his CDL license and became a long-haul truck driver for the next twenty years. James loved driving from coast-to-coast visiting every corner of the country until his vision started to fail in his left eye around 2008, and he retired from driving trucks.
James had many hobbies in life, and arguably riding horses was his favorite pastime. He taught all three of his sons (James, Anthony, and Aaron) to ride a horse around the age of six. He had several horses throughout his lifetime, including "Justin, Dakota, Chance, and Sugar," and he frequently went horseback riding with his son Anthony later in life. James always kept a variety of pets in the house, and dogs were his favorite. One dog, in particular, was his all-time favorite "Man's best friend" named Rock. He also loved cars, going on family vacations several times a year, and shooting at the gun range with one of his twin sons Aaron.
Upon retiring from driving trucks over the road, he started a building care custodial business with Bonus Building Care (Corvus). His first employees were family members; sons Aaron and James, his brother Vincent, and nephews Arvel, Chaz, and Jajaun, all helped out in some capacity. James worked up until four days before God called him home.
James was called home to be with God on August 31st, 2022, at 1:00 am. He is preceded in death by his father, Marshall Brew, mother; Lillie Mosley Townsend, a mother-in-law; Dorothy Burt, sisters Stacy and Levada, niece Tracey, and nephews Edward III and Patrick. James leaves behind to cherish his memory his best friend and life partner Carol; sons James (Carrie), Anthony, and Aaron; bonus son Brandon; grandchildren Aaron Jr., Tommy, Benjamin; brothers Hyland, Cornelius, Corwin, Dale, Vincent; sisters Doris, Rhonda, Tequila, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.
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