Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Business Loses Its Matriarch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Business Loses Its Matriarch

Article excerpt

When a brain aneurysm felled Faye Allen James last week, a longtime Northeast Florida business lost one of its most important supporters.

James, 66, of Jacksonville died Sept. 27 at Baptist Medical Center.

James was the wife of Elmer E. James, the owner of Orange Park Furniture, a family run business that has been around for 25 years, first on Jacksonville's Westside and most recently on U.S. 17 in Orange Park.

Over the years, she had been a frequent presence at the store, where her husband of 47 years and her children worked, said Agnes Landrum, a saleswoman there who was close to James.

"She was a wonderful person," said Landrum. "She was my best friend."

Compounding the grief of friends and family, Landrum said, was the shock of James' death.

"It was real sudden. She had not been sick," she said. "It's been really hard. Everybody is still in shock."

One of James' four daughters, April Nester, said she was grateful her mother did not suffer a long debilitating illness, but still was stunned at the loss of someone thought to be healthy. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.