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Laurita E. Schuster-James Dies in Alabama

Laurita E. Schuster-JamesViewing: Friday, January 13, 2017: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m./ Saturday, January 14, 2017: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cooper Funeral Home

1220 Church Ave. Chipley, FL 32428

(850) 638-0077

Memorialization: Cremation

Memorial directive and obituary as written by Laurita, last updated at 2:45 p.m., Dec. 18, 2016 Laurita E. Schuster-James passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin James Sr.; son, Melvin (Angela) James Jr.; mother: Juana Zoraida Schuster; grandchildren: Anthony, Jason and Alexander; sisters: Alvina “Moni” Martin, Marcelina “Marci” Warren and Margo Warren; godchildren: Zoraida Martin, Robert Riggsbee, Satchell Jr., Elijah, Aleyah and Derwin James; mother-in-law, Ossie James; sisters-in-law: Valerie (Trent) Jones and Sonya Smith; and brothers-in-law: Robert (Angela) James Jr. and Arthur (Dorothy) James.

She is also survived by friends: Esther Nicholas, Becky Messer, Sue Green, Patricia Jackson, Cherly Perry Fordham, Ermine and Grantley Richardson, Natalie Paul, Kamla, Victoria and Isabela Santos, and Pastor Andres Robles; uncles: Jose “Tony” Felix, Albert, Franklyn, Rexford, Henry and Allan Schuster, Rogelio Felix and Chester Benjamin; and aunts: Eva Felix, Louise Lamb, Claudette Benjamin, Ellen, Miriam, Angelica and Lorraine Schuster.

Other survivors include nieces and nephews: Zoraida and Heartsille Benjamin, Zoraida, Normalina and Bromley Martin, John, Shawn and Porsche Maddix, Margot, Lauritz and Dellarance Manuel, Learie Daniel, Robert Lee III, Cedrik and Satchell Sr. James, Lenora Henderson, Angelea “Angel” Williams, Justin Jones, Candace Snelling, LeChein James, Arthur and Philip Smith; cousins: the Felix, Encarnacion, Schuster and Adams families; and her furry friend, Mamacita. She is also survived by her clients and friends at Schuster’s Real Estate and Crucian Images.


A heartfelt thank you and much appreciation to Dr. Mancuso and her staff (Alabama) and Dr. Nimmagadda and her staff (Alabama).

Laurita E. Schuster-James

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