Robert M. James

August 10, 1946 - January 12, 2024

08/10/1946 - 01/12/2024

Past Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday January 27, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

Robert McGree James of Virginia Beach, VA went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2024, “Bobby” a salt water baby, was born on the 222nd day of the year, August 10th, 1946 on a Saturday.

He was born to the late Alice Spellman James and Granville James of Virginia Beach, VA. He had 7 siblings, making him one of 8. He joined the church at an early age. Graduating from Princess Anne County Training School, all the while working as a caddy at the Princess Anne Country Club.

Shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the armed forces and became a marine. Proudly serving his country for 4 years during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 star, the RVN Campaign Medal with device 1960-, National Defense Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation & Honorary AO Medal. He fought his way back to the United States via Camp Lejeune; continuing to serve in the armed forces as a reservist. His life’s journey challenged him to battle various types of Agent Orange Cancers. As if this was not enough of a challenge, Bobby was exposed and consumed contaminated water from Camp Lejeune.

Robert James more often known as Bobby, Ben, BJ, Geezer, Daddy James or just Pops was charismatic, confident and a charming natural leader.

When we view the life of Robert “Bobby” James, we will see his reflections etched in the universe. He had a God given gift of acuity. He was able to see in others what they could not see in themselves. It could have been his contagious smile, thoughtful words or acts of kindness that made him a pillar to all his communities. In turn making him a compassionate friend to many.

In the late 60’s Billy, his eldest brother, inspired “Ben” to join him in Boston to drive cabs. While in Boston, he earned his associate degree from Roxbury Community College. Bobby worked for the Boston Water Department for many years. During this time, he also leased a cab. He had 2 employees and it was the beginning of his entrepreneurial endeavors. This venture would lead him to meet his wife of 53 years. Who knew that a cab ride would be the beginning of a lifelong love…

After dating for a while, he knew she would be his “lil Poochie.” unbeknownst to him, that was her childhood nickname. They had four children, Mark, Dex, Aris and only girl Aki-Tia James. “Thank you, my husband Lance Corporal Robert M James, for being my soulmate, as you courageously sacrificed your life for your country.”

The mental health issues caused by the horrors of war, lead him back to Virginia Beach. His eldest brother Billy, once again inspired and supported his journey to recovery. Followed by his brother, best friend, and partner in future business adventures. Larry James and Bobby James became a guiding force for family and many many friends. Bobby worked at the Princess Anne Country Club for many years. His career included detailing, valet, construction, and limo services, to name a few. He was a jack of all trades and master of “ALL”

Other than his parents Granville and Alice James, Bobby is preceded in death by his son Alvis Dexter James; sister Dorothy James; brothers Granville James “Billy,” Fitzgerald James “John” and one of his favorite dogs, Chocolate.

Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife Jane “Poochie” James; children, Mark James (GA), Greg James (MA), Aris James (KY) and Aki-Tia James (Cape Cod); grandchildren, Marquesha, Mark Jr, Dexter, Dekaris, D’Ari, Darrien, Timara, Nikolas, Antonia and Antonio; great-grandchildren, Bently James Sandifer and Lennox James; siblings, his life companion, caretaker and best friend Larry James, Audrey James, Joyce Anne James and JoEllen Riggins all of Virginia Beach, along with his brother in arms Eddie Elliott (Semper Fi); his cherished hunting dogs and a plethora of extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel on Saturday, January 27, from 1pm until 3pm.

Donations & acts of kindness may be made to the Robert “Bobby” James Scholastic & Education fund by going to or by clicking “HERE”

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Stan mason
2 months ago

To the best caddie I’ve ever had and who became a good friend. Sweet dreams forever Bobby.

Lee Martin
2 months ago
  1. To my friend my cab buddy we would meet oup at Roxbury crossing that was our headquarters to meet you will be truly missed God has called a good Marine home RIP Lee Martin &family
Rosalind Pendleton&Glenn Franklin/ Boston
2 months ago

With deepest sympathy
James may be gone from our sight but never our memories, he may be gone from our touch but never our hearts

Hoping your memories of special times bring you comfort

Thomasine McGruder
2 months ago

I am so deeply sorry and grieved about the loss of Bobby. I send my condolences to the James family and friends. Rest In Heavenly peace Bobby.

Gayle Willie Robinson
2 months ago

Praying for the family, whenever I saw the James brothers they made me laugh. Cousins I was proud to call family

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Robert M. James, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Marine Veteran, Robert M. James, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Eddie Elliott
2 months ago

You will always be in our hearts,Love forever your Marine Corps brother,Eddie ♥️ & family!SEMPER FI