James Milton Douglas was born on November 15, 1949 in the City of St. Louis, Missouri to his parents Carey James Douglas and Ruth Mae Thomas. James departed from this life into the heavenly realm, earning his wings on September 25, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
James and his family moved to Vallejo, California shortly after his birth. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age. He received his primary and secondary education while residing in Vallejo, California.
On August 22, 1969, James was drafted into the United States Army. He served at the Fort Lewis Military base in Fort Lewis, Washington and later served a tour of Duty in the Vietnam War. Upon returning to the United States, he was stationed at the Concord Naval Weapons Station where he earned the rank of SP4-E4 or Specialist, and later served on a reserved status until he was honorably discharged in August of 1975. While serving his country as a soldier, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Over the next 25 years, James worked in the construction industry and within his family business. In the year of 2000, he started working for the Salvation Army in San Francisco, California. While working for the Salvation Army, he was able to transfer to Portland, Oregon in 2004 where he became a Distribution Manager, before ultimately retiring. He also worked at Tri-Met and City Center Parking.
Upon moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004 to be closer to his son, James met the love of his life - his beautiful wife, Alvilder Ann Hall-Douglas. Their union of 15 years created a beautiful blended family that he leaves to cherish. James leaves behind his father, Carey James Douglas, and his sister, Allie Miller of St. Louis, Missouri, son, Montreal Douglas (Kim) of Vancouver, Washington. Stepson Dionsai Riley and stepdaughter, Alisha Johnson, both of Portland, Oregon. He also leaves behind 5 grandkids: Krisshell Douglas, Montreal Douglas Jr., Jordan Johnson, Miracle Douglas, and Jermaine Smith, all of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, as well as 3 great grandchildren. James also leaves behind a host of cousins that were more like siblings, as well as several nieces, nephews, and in-laws that loved him beyond measure.
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