Kevin Lee James, died tragically in an automobile accident while on spring break in Venice, Fl. March 22, 2023. Kevin was born in Atlanta on June 9, 1968, to Boyd and Peggy James. He resided in Axson, Ga. for most of his childhood. He graduated from Atkinson County High School in 1986. He then pursued his bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Georgia. He remained at UGA to complete his doctorate in Mathematics. He then moved to Penn State University to complete his postdoctoral work. This is where he met his wife Letitia Vogt, and they married June 6, 1999. After his postdoctoral work he became a professor at Clemson University in 2000. He was an asset to Clemson University and became the Founding Director of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences within the College of Science. Kevin was a Godly man that never met a stranger. He made relationships with friends and family a top priority. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Letitia James, (Seneca, SC), Mother Peggy James, (Douglas, Ga.) daughter Alexa (James) Morton, husband Kyle, (Greenville, S.C.), his son Robert James (Seneca, SC), his brother Ken James, wife Michane, (Valdosta, GA). He was preceded in death by his father Boyd James.
Funeral services for Dr. James were held, Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Union Hill Congregational Christian Church in Pearson, Ga. with Rev. Tim Cox officiating, and the eulogy given by his brother, Ken James, along with time set apart for reflections and memories from those in attendance. Special music included "It Is Well with My Soul" by Trevor Carter with Margaret Deal accompanying at the piano, and "Wish You Were Here" by Danny Dawson. Soft music for the Prelude and Postlude was provided by pianist, Margaret Deal. The interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery with "Amazing Grace" lead by Mike Whitherspoon and the attending congregation.
Active pallbearers were: Stan Pharr, Chris Moore, Seth Whitherspoon, Mark McMullen, Thomas James, and Timothy Crouso.
Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson, Ga. was in charge of the arrangements.