James Alexander Salley aka "Jitterbug" and "Alex" was born on January 26, 1932 in Cottageville, South Carolina. James was the youngest of six children of the late Curtis M. Salley and Henrietta Taylor-Salley. After a brief illness at the New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, James transferred home and was well cared for by his wife and family. On Thursday, August 27, 2020, God called James A. Salley from labor to reward.
Graveside Service Celebrating the Life of Mr. Salley will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Wesley Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cottageville, South Carolina. Reverend Johnny Epps, Pastor, and Reverend Marvin Jones, III, Eulogist. A public viewing will be held Friday, September 4, 2020 at Stephens-Maree-Tracy Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to follow with a Wake Service from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with Reverend Harry Jenkins, Officiating.
( THOSE ATTENDING THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED. )
James joined the Jericho United Methodist Church of Cottageville, South Carolina and accepted Christ in his life, at an early age.
He attended the public schools of Colleton County and graduated from Colleton High School, Walterboro, South Carolina on June 2, with the class of 1950.
He moved to Brooklyn, New York in the early 50's in search of a better lifestyle and to help enrich his family. In 1975, he met the love of his life, Janie M. Liggins-Salley, in Brooklyn, New York and were united in Holy Matrimony on June 5, 1991.
James secured a job as a Longshoreman on the docks of Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn YMCA Trade School and received a Certificate of Completion in Automatic Transmission on April of 1959 and was promoted to an Automotive Mechanic. James became an entrepreneur while working fulltime starting his own moving business as "Karen and Sharon Express" local and long distance. James later changed the name to "James A. Salley Movers." He moved people all over the United States and the ' Price was Right!' James had a love for traveling, taking family trips, and being outdoors. He was a member of the Imperial Biker's Club in Brooklyn, New York.
James was also well known as a great conversationalist; always willing to share his knowledge and wisdom with all. He was a hardworking man that the neighborhood youth looked up to, admired, and was well respected by everyone.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dale Boyer; and one grandchild, Sharina Clay.
James is survived by his devoted wife, Janie M. Salley; six children, Marion Henning of Delaware, Karen Salley of Brooklyn, New York, Sharon Outler of Rochester, New York, Keisha Gales of Sewell, New Jersey, Carl Bingley and Herbie Salley of Brooklyn, New York; four brothers-in-law, Bishop Eddie (Geneva) Liggins, Sr., Norris (Flora) Liggins, James (Yolanda) Liggins all of Milledgeville, Georgia, Matthew Liggins of Saten Island, New York; three sisters -in-law, Pastor Willie Bell (Elder Zealous) Martin of Sandersville, Georgia, Eleanor Boyer of Milledgeville, Georgia, and Irona (William) Spikes of Gray, Georgia; ten grandchildren, Raquel Frost, Shahien Kelly Clay, Steffanie Pratt, Chelsea Watson, Nicolas Watson, Ceara Watson, Samantha Watson, Daquan Catlett, Gabriel Watson and Gavin Gales; eleven great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, other relatives and friends. James had a special love for his youngest grandson, Gavin Gales (Boogie Boy) and his sister -in-law Irona Spikes; devoted friends, Frank "Dago" Adams, Charles White and Henry Norman. He leaves a great legacy to be continued. "We all loved you but God loved you Best!"
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