To every thing there is a season: A time to be born, and a time to die- Ecclesiastes 3, 1-2
James Alfred Weekly was born July 29, 1935 in Monitcello, Arkansas. He was the oldest of two children of Justin and Iva Ridgell.
At an early age, he joined Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. He attended Drew High School in Monicello, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and was the bass singer in the school quartet.
After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he served 20 years. When he retired from the Air Force, he worked at Dayton Tire Company. Upon retirement from Dayton Tire Company he worked at his favorite place: Wal-Mart!
James met Marie and they married on August 29, 1960. To this union, a daughter was born.
After marrying Marie, James joined Savannah Baptist Church, where he was baptized by the Pastor, his father-in-law, Rev. Alexander Shepherd, Sr.
In 1963, he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. He joined Unity Baptist Church. He later joined Faith Memorial Baptist Church, where he started his ministry. He later joined Fifth Street Baptist Church as an Associate to Pastor Fred Elkins. When Rev. Elkins retired, Rev. Weekly worked under Pastor A. Byron Coleman.
After 53 years in Oklahoma City, Rev. and Sis. Weekly moved to Cibolo, TX and re-joined Savannah Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Alexander Shepherd, Jr. The Church is now lead by Pastor Anthony Terrell.
One of his greatest joys was traveling with Clarence and Helen Jackson and Alexander and Lillie Shepherd.
Rev. Weekly was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 59 years, Marie; his children: Keith, Carl, and Donna; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers: Landon Ridgell and Larry Weekly; two brother-in-laws: Ronnie Shepherd and Bobby Bates; five sisters-in-law: Lillie Shepherd, Annie Anderson, Sandra Bates, Sarah Ridgell and Beatrice Weekly; special cousins: Clarence and Helen Jackson; a host of nieces and nephews.