Benkie James, 30, of Columbia, PA passed away on June 17th, 2018. He
was born in Lancaster to Lemuel James, Sr. and Angelica Rivera. Lionel was a
graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and recently moved his family to
South Carolina to start his own business. He had a passion for music and the
Dallas Cowboys, as well as making people laugh. Lionel was a loving father,
companion, son, and brother whose energetic personality will be missed.
leaves behind his two daughters, Aviana Reina James and Elliana Brooklynn
James; his companion and mother to his children Kristina Arnold of Ninety Six,
SC; his parents, Angelica Rivera of York and Lemuel James, Sr. of All Saints,
Antigua; his siblings, Carolyn James, Lemuel and Cynthia James, Luz Maria
Christiana James, Lemisha James; childhood step-dad David Stewart; and extended
family and friends. He was preceded in death by his uncle David Rivera; brother
Lemar Lewis; his cousin, Maria Fisher and his grandparents.
celebration of Lionel's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday,
June 28th at the Gathering, 22 Kready Avenue Millersville,
Pennsylvania 17551. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
June 27th at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut
St., Columbia, PA 17512. Visitation will also be from 1:00 p.m. until service
time on Thursday at the Gathering. Lionel will be laid to rest following his funeral
services at Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery in Lancaster.