Official Obituary of


November 25, 1955 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old


James Charles "Man" Napper was known in his community as a hardworking and kind-hearted individual. He was born to the late Joyce Napper in San Antonio, Texas, on November 25, 1955. James grew up in the East Terrence on the east side and was raised by his grandmother, the late Juanita Cooper. Growing up, "Man" was athletic and loved playing football, but baseball was his passion. He graduated from Fox Tech High School, where he was a popular student and was well-liked by his peers.

After graduating high school, James attended St. Philip's College, where he pledged to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He also played for the South Texas Negro League, the Denver Heights Bears. James served his country in the US Army as a Personnel Management Specialist, but" Man" loved to work with his hands. He worked as a contractor at times and was the neighborhood handyman. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Napper was a devoted Christian who served at St. Stephen's Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX. He dedicated his time and effort to the church community and was actively involved in various activities and events. Despite moving to Denton, TX, for personal reasons in 2019, James remained committed to his church community. He participated in Bible Study sessions and church services through online platforms. His love and devotion to his faith and community were unwavering, and he always found ways to stay connected and involved.

James was a devoted sports fan and avidly enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs. He loved spending time with his family and friends and attended every backyard barbecue and family gathering. He was a proud father and is survived by his children Ebony Runnels, Toby Michael, Brandi Drummond (David), JayCee Lott (Janee), and Joseph Finnell. James is also survived by his sister Dorothy Chance (Bernard), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James peacefully passed away in the loving arms of the Lord on March 8, 2024. He will always be remembered for his compassionate nature, warm smile, and steadfast commitment to his family and community. His absence will be greatly felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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March 19, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lewis Funeral Home
811 So. W.W. White Road
San Antonio, TX 78220

Funeral Service
March 20, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Stephens Baptist Church
2011 E. Carson Street
San Antonio, TX 78208

March 21, 2024

10:00 AM
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209


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