James Henry Goldthwaite was born July 4, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Marshall, Sr and Georgia Goldthwaite. James was educated in Birmingham City Schools where he graduated from A.H. Parker High School. He went to Bessemer Tech and received certification in auto mechanics. He worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron as a Master Welder. He and his wife opened One Stop Package Store to serve the surrounding community and to give the children a safe haven. He later became employed at Butler Manufacturing as a welder, where he retired. During his earlier years, he received Christ and was baptized. James was a spiritual man and studied the Bible intently. James was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Leola Goldthwaite; his parents, Marshall Goldthwaite, Sr and Georgia Goldthwaite; his brothers, Marshal Goldthwaite, Jr and Ronnie Goldthwaite. James is survived by his only child, Dionne Goldthwaite Williams (Brett); one brother, George Goldthwaite (Chiquita); six sisters: Beatrice Goldthwaite, Alberta McCammon, Sheila Agee, Cynthia Morgan, Sharon Goldthwaite Greene (David) and Teresa Goldthwaite Lowe (Desi); brother-in-laws: Clarence McConico, Jr. and Larry Johnson, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. One special friend, Laretha Reynolds Brown and two lifelong friends, Roscoe Barnett and Jeffrey Robinson. James had a magnetic personality and never met a stranger. He was active in the Norwood Community for over 50 years. During his ownership of One Stop Package Store, he mentored young people, especially boys, to keep them out of trouble and he also encouraged them to fulfill their goals and dreams. One Stop was not just a store, but a safe place for kids to hang out after school. James instilled in the kids a positivity that a lot of them did not experience at home. His store was a ministry to the youth of that neighborhood and therefore, changed a lot of lives. He was devoted to his family and friends. He made many positive affirmations, one of his favorites was: “Let your word be your bond”. James was an avid reader and shared his knowledge with others. He loved gardening, reading and all genres of music.
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