James E. Busby

January 16, 1939 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

James Busby Obituary

James Edward Busby, beloved father and husband, died Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at his home in Portland, Oregon. He was 84 years old.

James was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 16, 1939, where he grew up and attended Crispus Attics High School.

After high school, James started a singing group named Jimmy Burton. He wrote several songs and cut two records, Little Pretty Baby and What Good Is Love. James had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He even had a chance to perform at the Cotton Club in Portland!

James joined the US Army in his twenties, serving proudly for two years at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington from 1962 -1964.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, James found his way to Portland, Oregon. As life continued, James began working as a clerk for the United States Post Office, where he worked for 24 wonderful years until he retired in his sixties. After retirement, James worked for TriMet as a lift service driver to help others and keep himself busy.

Eventually, James was saved and dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. He loved the lord and spent much of his time fellowshipping and spreading God’s word to others. Besides working and singing, James was a devoted Christian and loyal member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Portland for over 24 years. During that time, James wore many hats of service: he was a volunteer teacher with the youth group, a Deacon, a life leader with the funeral ministry, and a participant in the first men’s group ministry.

You could always catch James at the basketball or tennis courts in his free time. He truly enjoyed these games and was an avid sports fan. He also loved good conversation while playing dominos and enjoying time with friends and family.

Later in life, James met his love, Peggy, to whom he married and was committed for over 24 years. They shared a loving relationship with their blended family, church, and friends. James was fortunate to spend his last years and days with his best friend.

James is preceded in death by his mother, Anna Mae Pace, and his son, Jimmy Busby.

James is survived by his wife, Peggy; his children, Tony White, Jeannie Busby Moore, Jeffery Busby, Honor Mosley, Senta Bailey, Maco Hamilton, Alycia Rayner, Albany Busby, and Nicholas Ladd; his stepchildren: Terry White, Wendy White, Clifford White, and John White Jr.; many grand and great-grandchildren; cousins, and other assorted family and caring friends.

James was a wonderful man with a beautiful smile. He impacted many lives; He will always be remembered for his Godly devotion, acts of service, and all the heart he shared with his community.
James was a fighter until the very end, and when his time came, he carried himself in faith and with dignity and strength. And although he is now home with our heavenly father, the lord, he will be deeply missed until we meet again!


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Public Viewing
October 3, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
8501 N Chautauqua Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217

Funeral Service
October 3, 2023

12:00 PM
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
8501 N Chautauqua Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217

Interment with Military Honors
October 3, 2023

2:30 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 Mt. Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086


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