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James E.
December 26,1952 - December 29,2015



December 26, 1952 – December 28, 2015





James Emanuel Blyden, (Jimmy as he is affectionately known) the second son of the late Orlando Blyden and Lucia Blyden Ferdinand, was born on December 26, 1952 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. James grew up and attended the public school system and graduated in the class of 1970 from Charlotte Amalie High School. James is one of five siblings, John (Johnny), Patricia, and Jochebed Blyden. They all preceded him in death.




In September of 1970 he was accepted and began his college education at Morgan State University, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Economics. Unfortunately his education was interrupted in 1971 when he was drafted to the United States Military. He served in the United States Navy. His basis training was in Great Lake, Illinois. After completion of basis he volunteered for Submarine duty and was trained in Connecticut as a Machinist Mate which lasted for twelve months. He was assigned to U.S.S. Will Rodgers in 1972 and served on that sub for a period of eight (8) months. He was honorably discharged for medical reasons.


In 1973 he returned to St. Thomas to relax and recuperated for one year. In September of 1974 he enrolled and was accepted to A&M University in Tallahassee Florida. After six months, James was home sick and decided that A&M was not for him. He returned to St. Thomas and began driving a Taxi Cab, with the Virgin Islands Taxi Association for one year. While driving James knew that he wanted to work for himself, he had that entrepreneurial mindset and wanted to pursue that dream.


In 1974 He met and married Agnes Olavicce. To this union was born one son, James Emanuel Blyden Jr. James and his mother joined forces as partners and in 1975 they opened "The Works" which was a men clothing store located in Wheatly Shopping Center in Estate Thomas. He traveled throughout the United States as a buyer and shopped for both stores (The Works and the Dress Barn). He was a successful business man. His goal was to make this a family ran business and he employed his aunt Jane St. John (Tanty) to manage the Works.


After his aunt joined him, he ventured out and opened a bar and restaurant at the head of the main street known as Cross Road Delight, where he served authentic native food. His favorite and famous dish was stew conch. People came from all over just for conch. People would call ahead to make sure that they had a plate.


After making a business decision, he decided to sell the Works and continued with the restaurant. James and his family wanted to widen their horizon and his wife chose California as the place where they would relocate. They moved to California in 1980. After moving to California, James attended California Trade and Technical Institute specializing in Construction Tech. After graduation he was employed by IBM and worked all over California including Washington and Oregon maintaining their buildings ensuring they were incompliance to the building codes. He also worked with Wells Fargo banks upgrading their facilities to comply with building codes. After five years, James decided to venture out on his own as a Private


Contractor. Many buildings in the Southern and Northern California area have the Blyden touch on it. He is credited with building custom homes from Beverly Hills to Malibu of over six thousand square feet. James was well known and well loved by all whom he worked with. Outside of his career, he loved his family and they came first. He was a proud grand-father and enjoyed spending quality time with his only grand-daughter Payton.





On August 8, 2015 James suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed on the right side. He was admitted to Kaiser Permanente Sunset where he spent five (5) days receiving the best of care, he was then transferred to St. Vincent Medical Center for continued treatment. Following that he suffered several setbacks going in and out of the hospital and Nursing Homes, where he was receiving therapy. While we were busy making preparation to bring him closer to us and eventually getting him home, God had other plans, only He knows the future. On December 26, he celebrated his sixty third (63) birthday with his son and other love ones. On December 28, 2015, around 6:30 A.M., James was called home to his final resting place to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His favorite sayings were "God is good all the time" and "Forget You" (with a sucked teeth). His favorite scripture was Psalm 23.

Survivors of James Emanuel Blyden, Sr.



His son James Jr, (Boogie-Junie) grand-daughter Payton Blyden, sister Deborah Bryan, nieces Kimra Blyden and Boneshia Bryan, only nephew BJ Bryan Jr, great nieces Jar’ifa Prince, Leticia Martin, and Ashah Martin, great nephew Davion Martin, Uncle Ell (Alban St John), Aunt-in-laws, Anita St. John and Patricia Richardson, his God-sisters Judy Bonelli, Elise Jonas and Linda Richardson, God- brother Mervin Fleming, his best friend Sylvia McClay, and numerous cousins and friends.



First Cousins





James Halman, Wilfred Richardson, Lorenzo Richardson, Rudolf Richardson, Jules Louis Williams, Lorenzo Webster, Granville Webster, Donald Webster, John Roland Roumou, Van-Dyke Richardson, Bernard St. John, Anthony Hughes, Leon Hughes, Frankie St. John and Glanie St. John.






Jane Prince, Ivy Plank, Almira Agatha Todman, Elise Evette Jonas, Janevia Javois, Jane Roger, Doreen Webster, Joselin Webster, Jacklin Stanford, Alma Webster, Alma Jestine Lynton, Pearl Flemming, Kim Gumbs, Tryphean Cornett, Paulette Smith, Cathline St. John, Alicia Hughes, Rona Thomas, Vernie St. John Finch and Julie St. John.



Special Family & Friends


Agnes Olivacie Blyden, Roberta Blyden, Bondee Bryan, Andrea "Bean" Smith, Mario Jones, Khmal McClay, Carolyn Hiler, Kenneth Delmar Hiler Jr. , Kennon Hiler, Kendal Hiler, Cynthia "Cookie" McClay, Melvin McClay, Marquise Sluch, Zita Smith, Robert Bruce LeFlore "Lil Bruce, Mary Davis, David Turnbull, Curtis Burries Mike Burries, Danny Burries, Arthur January, Hyacinthe January, Camara January and Rushan January and Joan Pierre





Memorial Service: Friday January 8, 2016  2:00 p.m. Angelus Funeral Home Chapel 3875 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008




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