On June 15, 1963, in Tensas Parish, Reverend Jimmie and Rosie Houston James welcomed the last of their crew into this world. They named him Houston Lee James, but to the world, he was the famous “PIGMEAT”. He became an avid football fan, with the New Orleans Saints being his favorite team of them all. He was also one of the best running backs to grace the field of Newellton High School. He was a member of the Newellton High School class of 1983.
Over the years, he had several siblings, David, Annie Mae, Daniel, Nellie, Jethro, and Amornia; his parents; two brothers-in-law, Dillard South and Charles Daniels; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie Williams James and Louise Burks James who went on before him to prepare a place in heaven.
Houston was a family favorite. He was his nieces and nephews biggest cheerleader. He always tried to encourage them in all that they did and never said a harsh word to any of them. He was funny and loving.
He confessed Christ in July of 1986, at the Newellton Community Revival. He was one of 38 candidates baptized. He later joined Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church on Balmoral, under the leadership of Reverend Willie Brown.
In 1980, he met the love of his life, Glenda Hines, and on September 10, 1983, they were married. To this union, three children were born, Jasmin Hines, Houston Lee James, Jr., and Sierra James. In turn, two of those three children produced six grandchildren, Dasmine, Yasmine, Jasmine, Tristen, Tabarius, and TaCorey.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Glenda Hines James of Newellton, Louisiana; two daughters, Jasmin (Donyell) Hines of Newellton, Louisiana and Sierra James of Tallulah, Louisiana; one son, Houston Lee James, Jr., of Newellton, Louisiana; four sisters, Estelle James Alexander of Newellton, Louisiana, Roberdia James South of Markham, Illinois, Julia James Sandifer of Harvey, Illinois, and Rosie Ann James Cummings (Cleothis) of Ferriday, Louisiana; two brothers, Jimmy James of Lynwood, Illinois and Jessie James (Pleasant) of Eudora, Arkansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who will miss him greatly.