James Elisha Heath

01/13/1929 - 11/13/2021

Obituary For James Elisha Heath

A homegoing celebration for Mr. James Elisha Heath of Ashland, 92, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Terry's Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the funeral home.

Mr. James Elisha Heath was the oldest child of Jim Wiley Heath and Lessie Calhoun Heath. He was born on January 13, 1929, in Alpine, Alabama.

Mr. Heath became a member of Kingston Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and at his time of passing was the church’s oldest member. James was a graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School. On June 14, 1951, James was drafted into the United States Army. He served honorably until he was injured during the Korean War and was discharged on July 22, 1954. On July 7, 1957, James took the hand of the former Mildred Davenport in holy matrimony and to this union they were blessed with seven children. James decided to further his education and completed training in tailoring at Tuskegee University in 1958. The time that he served in the army was not exactly James’ most fond part of life, but he did love and enjoy the family and friends he made being an active participant in the Disabled American Veterans. As a member, James and Mildred were afforded the opportunity to travel with the organization and James participated in wheelchair basketball. In his free time, James enjoyed fishing, gardening and actively participating with the Tuskegee Alumni Association until his health began to fail.

In the early hours of Saturday, November 13, 2021, the Lord saw that James was getting tired and called him to rest. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Jim and Lessie Heath; and six siblings, Area Adams, Delilah Nunn, Marie Heath, Flossie Frazier, Julius Calvin Heath and Walter Heath.

James leaves precious memories in the heart of his wife of 64 years, Mildred Heath of Ashland, Alabama; seven children, Jacqueline L. Owens of Bessemer, Alabama, Marpessa J. Heath and Justena C. Heath of Ashland, Alabama, James E. (Shawn) Heath, Jr. of Talladega, Alabama, Jason R. (Katrina) Heath of Weaver, Alabama, Cenessa J. (Derrick) Herring of Lineville, Alabama and Willie Jim Heath of Ashland, Alabama; twelve grandchildren, Travis, Cameron, Jasmine, Brandon, Jalen, Jaila, Brittany, Yanakiki, Zikomo, D’Alan, Joliette and Alivia; seven great grandchildren, Zoey, Zaya, Ace, Evelyn, Khemani, Khaiyon and Anayshia; three brothers, John Paul Heath, Eddie Heath and Wiley Heath, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Guest Book

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Heaths' passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him only twice, but he was one of the nicest men I have ever been around. Prayer to the entire Heath family, may God Bless each and every one of you. Love always, Julie Butler

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So very sorry James to hear about your Dad's passing. Praying for you and your family

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Words can not express the heart break I feel for you all at the passing of James "Brown Buckskin." I am praying for the Heath family. God will wipe all your tears away. Love Cousin Paulette Calhoun

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Another Link in the Chain has been broken left with memories of a Lifetime and one day the Chain will be Linked again. Rest Well Uncle

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Mildred and family, we are sad to hear about the passing of James. Our prayers are with the family, Angie, Jackie, Laynee, Shawna, Jesse and Robin.

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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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