James Tory Funches Jr. was born October 21, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to the union of Josephine and James Funches, Sr. He dedicated his life to helping others. It was important to him to keep in contact with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
James attended and graduated Harlem High School. Where he forged strong bonds with classmates that remained all his life and beyond. Volunteering in the mentorship program at the high school.
James forgo attending college to enlist in the Air Force. Choosing where he served instead of being drafted. Testing into data entry from his experience working at the stock exchange. Serving in Vietnam and continuing his service in the Air Force Reserves and as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). His reserve unit would continue to stay in contact through the years, checking in with each other, establishing monthly meetings, luncheon and newsletters.
James also joined the Chicago Police Department. In the police academy he would also find his future wife Alexis Adams. He worked in several areas including Intelligence and later becoming an Youth Officer Detective.
In 2000 James suffered a Heart Attack and had a triple bypass surgery. Even with the option of staying on disability James still wanted to serve his city and his country. But it was more important to focus fully on taking care of his mother Josephine for the last years of her life.
From his enjoyment of camping and youth development James would get his two sons into Scouting as he was as a child. Becoming the Cub Master of Pack Troop #3778 out of St. Ailbes Elementary School. Continuing in the boys scouts long after his sons were done.
James enjoyed cars and driving them. Always preferred traveling by car than other forms of transportation. He loved family road trips, his favorites being to Michigan to visit his uncle Charles. South Dakota to visit cousins Bonnie and Bud Williams. Florida to visit cousin Ann (Suzie) Bankhead and go to Disney World with a stop in Georgia when cousin Russell Wright lived there.
James was called home at the age of 74 on May 27, 2022. Joining his father, James Tory Funches, Sr., mother, Josephine O. Funches and brother, Charles Perry, all preceded him in death.
James leaves behind to cherish his memories wife, Alexis; two sons, James and David; nieces, Christina and Alexandra Adams; nephews, Vincent, Charles and Clifford Perry; many others other relatives, neighbors, friends and fellow veteran men and women.
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