James Willie Demons

February 8, 1933 ~ May 12, 2018 (age 85)

Mr. James Willie Demons

James Willie Demons of Atlanta, passed May 12, 2018.  Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 306 Peyton Rd., SW with Father Charles Fischer, III., officiating.  Interment, Westview Cemetery.  The remains will be placed in state at the church at 1 p.m.  The Omega Service of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in our chapel, with visitation to follow until 7 p.m.  The cortege will assemble at the residence at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 
James Willie Demons was born on February 8, 1933 to Beulah and Albert Demons in Thomson, Ga.  He had four siblings - J. B. Demons, Ann Scantling (Johnny), John A Demons (Jackie), and Beulah Carter(Joe).  His parents and all but one sibling, John, preceded him in death. 
He matriculated through McDuffie County Schools and received his high school diploma. As a young man, James enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean War.  James later received his Bachelors degree in Sociology from Albany State College. While at Albany State, he pledged into the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in April of 1951. He met the love of his life, Ida Marie Cecile Crawford and married her on June 6, 1959. Early in their marriage, he taught school briefly in Jasper, Florida.  After getting a job at the U. S. Postal service, he and Ida moved to Atlanta.  They had two children, Kenneth and Cheryl, and together they raised them in Adamsville in Southwest Atlanta. He was a loving and devoted husband and father.
James did some post graduate work in Social Work at Atlanta University and in Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. After leaving the post office, he worked as a probation officer with the Fulton County Georgia Adult Probation office.  In March of 1974, James was appointed as a U.S. Probation officer with the Northern District Court of Georgia.  After 20 years of service with the Federal Court, he retired in March of 1994.
James has been an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church since joining in 1961, serving several terms as Treasurer, and he was a member of the Men's Club and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.  He also remained an active member in the Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. until his death.
He is survived by his loving wife Ida, his daughter Cheryl Demons Ponder(Chris), his son Kenneth Demons (Renata), his brother John A. Demons, four granddaughters: Jennifer Freeland (Donald), Shannon Demons, Shenise Demons, and Alexa Ponder, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will cherish his memory.


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