James Calvin Bruce

Born: Tue., Jun. 14, 1932
Died: Tue., Mar. 28, 2017

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Apr. 01, 2017
Location: St. Paul AME


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 01, 2017
Location: St. Paul AME

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James Calvin "Jim" Bruce, 84, of Washington, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Washington Hospital.  He was born June 14, 1932, in Washington, the youngest child of Calvin Vincent and Florence Louisa Carrel Bruce.  Mr. Bruce was raised on Kalorama Hill, attended Bellevue School and graduated from Trinity High School.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division.  Mr. Bruce was employed by I Richman & Co. in Washington and was a member of United Steel Workers Union.


He enjoyed watching reruns of his favorite cowboy movies, including "Gunsmoke" and "The Rifleman." He loved his family and reluctantly allowed himself to become "comfortable" with technology so he could stay involved with their activities.  Known affectionately as "Pap Pap" by many, he is survived by his only son, James "JC" Calvin Bentley (Lisa) of Richmond Hill, Ga.; a grandson, James Calvin Bentley Jr., with whom he made his home; and his chosen grandson, Steven Sadler. Many nieces and nephews remain to mourn his loss.  Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Edward, Robert, George “Zeke” and Melvin "Nip" and five sisters, Katherine “Kats” Thomas, Sarah Patterson, Mildred “Millie”Bruce, Ida Florence “Sis” Sherrow and Grace “Sissy” Bruce.

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St. Paul's AME Churc
   Posted Wed March 29, 2017
To the Family of James Calvin Bruce;

There isn’t any way to prepare for the loss of a family member. Suddenly, the loved one you had always turned to is gone. In the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear, may love become your shelter and may the beauty of memories become your comfort.

You have the condolences of the members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church as you make your way through this passage. It won’t be easy, but you can rely on the support of all your friends and church family. May you be filled with faith and hope even in the midst of inescapable grief, and find comfort in and with each other. James will be missed by everyone.

Words cannot adequately express our sympathy, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. James must have been a remarkable person. Just look around at his family and friends that are here to celebrate his life and his Home Going Service.

“Don't weep at my grave, for I am not there, 
I've a date with a butterfly to dance in the air.
I'll be singing in the sunshine, wild and free, 
Playing tag with the wind, while I'm waiting for thee.”

In His Service Always,

Rev. Alfred L. Thompson
And The Members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church

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