James Robert Tabron, son of the late James and Matilda Tabron, was born on June 19, 1923, in Halifax County, N.C. He was one of ten children. After spending a short time in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, he quietly departed this life on Dec. 31, 2012. He was 89 year old.

He completed his education at McIver High School in Halifax County, North Carolina. He followed his childhood sweetheart Ida Bell Pullen to Baltimore in 1943. On Dec. 23, 1944 James married Ida and they were blessed with 31 years of marriage. From this union two sons, James (June) Jr. and William “Bill” were born.

James gave his life to Christ and was baptized at an early age. After moving to Baltimore, he joined and became a lifelong member of Zion Baptist Church. He attended Sunday School and was a loyal member of the Usher Board for many years. His wife and sons were also devoted members of the church. He loved his Zion Baptist Church family and made good, lasting friends there.

James worked at Bethlehem Steel Company for 29 years and retired in 1969. One of his favorite ways to pass time was bowling, traveling and the fellowship with his friends that those things brought. He had a great love of poetry and could easily recall verses from poems he learned in his youth. He often recited limericks. Funny or not, he would laugh heartily and ask, “Did you get it?”

He leaves to cherish precious memories: two devoted sons, James R. III and William A. Tabron; two loving grandchildren, Nikkida B. and James R. Tabron IV; devoted god daughter Sharon Eaton; brothers Curtis, Fred and J. D. Tabron, sister Nannie Williams, sisters-in-law Amelia, Pauline and Dorothy Tabron and brother-in-law, Johnnie Williams.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 5 at Zion Baptist Church, 1700 N. Caroline St., Baltimore, Md. The wake will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed immediately by the funeral service at 10 a.m. James Tabron Sr. will be interred at Arbutus Memorial Park Cemetery.