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Final farewell paid to David N. James aka ‘Bush’

- laid to rest @ Johnson Ghut Cemetery
Pallbearers taking the body of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' to the hearse following the viewing and funeral service at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral booklet for David N. James aka 'Bush'. Photo: VINO
The funeral booklet for David N. James aka 'Bush'. Photo: VINO
The casket bearing the body of Mr David N. James aka 'Bush' at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The casket bearing the body of Mr David N. James aka 'Bush' at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Close family members of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' during the funeral service at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Close family members of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' during the funeral service at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Inside the Road Town Methodist Church where the viewing and funeral service for David N. James aka 'Bush' was held on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Inside the Road Town Methodist Church where the viewing and funeral service for David N. James aka 'Bush' was held on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Inside the Road Town Methodist Church where the viewing and funeral service for David N. James aka 'Bush' was held on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Inside the Road Town Methodist Church where the viewing and funeral service for David N. James aka 'Bush' was held on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral service was conducted by Reverend Brian Seymour. Photo: VINO
The funeral service was conducted by Reverend Brian Seymour. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Acting Police Commissioner Alwyn James (left), the uncle of the late David N. James aka 'Bush'. Photo: VINO
Acting Police Commissioner Alwyn James (left), the uncle of the late David N. James aka 'Bush'. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
The funeral of the late David N. James aka 'Bush' was held at the Road Town Methodist Church on December 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Strong-willed, hardworking, polite, dedicated and caring were some of the words used to pay tribute to the late David Nathaniel James, better known as Bush, who was laid to rest today December 29, 2015 following viewing and funeral service at the Road Town Methodist Church.

A large number of persons, some wearing black t-shirts with photos of James, attended the home-going service for the young man, who was a victim of gun violence on December 7, 2015, the Virgin Islands 2nd homicide for 2015.

The officiating Minister was Reverend Brian Seymour.

Eulogy

According to the eulogy, James was born on August 30, 1987 on the Virgin Islands main island of Tortola and was the sixth child of Naptily James aka Tom Jones and Verona James aka Sheila.

It said James was christened as a Methodist and attended church regularly in his early years. He attended the Ivan Dawson Primary and then the BVI High School for two years before migrating to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA where he attended the Stone Mountain High School.

Bush loved animals especially dogs and was particularly fond of a dog named Impress that when it was stolen he walked the entire block day and night in Atlanta calling for her until he found her, the eulogy stated.

After returning to the VI and spending a year, Bush went back to Atlanta where he spent much of his life.

He returned to the territory in 2010 and worked as a handyman and painter with his father in the construction field. "However, he wanted more out of life and aspired towards those goals."

As an "independent and vibrant" man, David acquired a job at the Department of Agriculture in Paraquita Bay and was required to dress in business attire.

"Every morning he would call his nephew Akeem to come and knot his tie. Nothing was ever too hard for Bush to do but the one thing he could not do was knot his tie."

Tributes

Among the many tributes were from the Department of Agriculture where James worked from May 2013 to November 2014. "He was always polite, respectful and pleasant to all who came into contact with him. Mr James performed all his duties with pride and dedication and always looked 'sharp'. Everyone loved his bright smile and smooth personality," the tribute from the Department of Agriculture stated.

His father Mr Naptily James aka Tom Jones wrote how he watched how his son grew from a humble, obedient, little boy to a strong-willed young man. "You have touched many hearts, transformed lives as evidenced by your followers and there was something about you that kept my heart lit... Since it is the will of God to take you at this time, I have accepted and totally surrender to His will. Go in peace my son."

His mom Sheila said her son was taken away so abruptly that she didn't even have the time to process the whole devastating event.

"There is so much you did not get to tell me but I am so honoured to have been your mother."

His relatives Christine, Benson, Khaliq, Jordanne and Adrianne said: “David, the Grinch stole Christmas, and it will never be the same without you. No matter your mood you always wore a smile. Words cannot express the overwhelming loss we feel at your untimely passing.”

David N. James aka Bush leaves to mourn his parents, son Dakijah K. James, brothers George, Eddie, Gabriel, and Andrick, sisters Patricia Smith-Maitland, Christine Turnbull-Thomas, Debra, Michelle and Heather James-Skelton and a number of other relatives and friends.

Burial took place at the Johnson Ghut Cemetery.

26 Responses to “Final farewell paid to David N. James aka ‘Bush’”

  • pat (29/12/2015, 16:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad until we meet again
  • SK (29/12/2015, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    1st time me ah see Rebo go ah funeral.
  • they all RIP (29/12/2015, 16:36) Like (22) Dislike (40) Reply
    No mention was made of the incident with Jahwah's boy?
    • @ they all RIP (29/12/2015, 17:33) Like (18) Dislike (18) Reply
      You sick hater
    • usa (29/12/2015, 20:36) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
      Right. Nor Atlanta runnings. But, that's the good part about eulogies; you can include what you want , omit what you want and sugar-coat whatever you want. But in the end, though not written, facts NEVER change.
    • justice (30/12/2015, 10:38) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      i wonder what would you do if someone came to rob you at your job "that is if you have one" or your home? hope the same dose not happen to you.
  • Jonny (29/12/2015, 16:48) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guns and crime the new norm in the BVI where is the Government? Another mother should not have to bury her child
    • tom girl (29/12/2015, 17:16) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Same thing was said a few years ago.
    • wize up (30/12/2015, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Jonny: its an occupational hazard: the government did implement tuffer gun laws(yes) people kill people and people commit crimes what is missing is law enforcement... I never Invision a BVI with such lawlessness but as you noted guns & crime is becoming the new norm( all is not lost; stuff keep the faith )..
  • onlooker (29/12/2015, 17:50) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    Don't, know him but wish that there was info in the artice about his obvious importance and contributions to the community. Condolensces to his family.
    • @ onlooker (29/12/2015, 18:32) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      Thanks vino at least you all give coverage to the lil man not just the corrupt big shots
    • @onlooker (29/12/2015, 20:41) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      He was a young man and must have been a good example for the youth.
  • life (29/12/2015, 18:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will miss you so much. The realist man I know. We always good to my daughter & I. Forever in my heart
  • Reply (29/12/2015, 21:50) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The guys in Purcell will surely miss you. Rest until the day of judgement
  • one eye (30/12/2015, 08:12) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    It was indeed a young people funeral
  • Kps (30/12/2015, 08:46) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its so surprising how you can be bad to all when your alive and good to all as you die wow isn't that something
  • jj (30/12/2015, 10:32) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Miss u my cousin it doesn't matter what people say there will always be haters rest in peace my little cousin till we meet again
  • wow (30/12/2015, 11:12) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    To the negative people commenting, keep saying what you are saying behind the computer. Try to say it infront the family faces. I double dare you!!!
  • xo (30/12/2015, 13:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip u truly truly will be missed that's a fact
  • street man (30/12/2015, 18:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am yet to talk to someone who said anything negative about this young man...he was indeed a true youth leader
  • mary j (30/12/2015, 23:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is just sad. I am personally so conflicted, how they just kill this yute man for no reason
  • Mrs Skelton (31/12/2015, 12:13) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hmmm she mourning her brother and there in photos she and she husband posing with big smile wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I missing something here man. She read in church they are a pair and is Debbie I mostly use to see around him well sa what people would do for fame and attention.
  • USVI in ATL (15/02/2016, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just heard about this and looked it up. Bush was humble and loved up here too! He did love his dog Empress! I was happy to send her to him. My deepest condolences to all that loved him. Rest in peace, friend.


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