James Arthur Bosley, 62, was called peacefully home by God on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. He was with his family that day, sharing in food, laughter and happiness. A visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Owens Livingston Mortuary in Holbrook. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Saints Home Chapel of God in Christ, located at 210 Strayhand in Holbrook. The closing services and interment will immediately follow at the Holbrook Cemetery.
He was born to Curtis and Jessie Jackson Bosley on Jan. 29, 1949, in Meadville, Miss. He attended school in McNary as well as Holbrook. While in school, he played many sports, with wrestling as his favorite.
James meant something to each and every person he came into contact with. To his sisters and a few others he was known as “JB.” Having such a kind and sweet spirit, he shared a smile with everyone who passed by him.
As a young man, he would go hunting and fishing to help the family. He was always talking about going fishing, and enjoyed life with his close friends and family. Because he loved sports so much he continued boxing as an adult. Eventually, James was privileged to get in the practice ring with the world renowned Muhammad Ali.
James enjoyed cooking and making his own barbecue sauce. His occupations included being a porter on the Santa Fe Railroad, cook, bartender, Meals on Wheels and construction. He also worked as a skycap at the airport, where he met many people and was able to engage in his favorite pastime, helping others.
He leaves behind his companion of many years, Minnie Breed of Holbrook; three sisters, Patricia Hollins (Willie Jr.) of Show Low, and Patsy “Rie” and Shirley Bosley, both of Holbrook; three nephews, Ifiok “Wiz” Akpan of Phoenix, Rasheed Hollins of Flagstaff and Samuel Hollins Sr. of Holbrook; Charlie and Melissa Howard, whom he raised, although he had no natural children; and a host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Bosley, and his father, Curtis Bosley.