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Lionel B. James

Lionel B. James

Lionel 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.


Lionel 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.


A 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.

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