Daniel James III

Died: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 22, 2017
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
Location: Shiloh Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
Location: Shiloh Baptist Church

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Daniel James III, Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.), was the son of the late Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. and the late Dorothy Watkins James; and brother of the late Danice James-Berry. He is survived by his loving wife, Dana Marie James; devoted son, Daniel Steven James; mother-in-law, Genie Da Cruz; brother, Claude "Spuddy" James; brother-in-law, Dr. Frank W. Berry, Jr.; nieces, Jamie Michelle Berry, Brittany James-Vito and her daughter, Avalon; nephews, Captain Frank W. Berry, Ryan James, Max Berry and his wife, Patty and daughter, Lilly; cousins, Leah Sims, Michael Sims, Cecil T. Hunter, Mildred Hunter, Charlene Hunter James, Rosalind Hunter Levy, Roderick Hunter, Gloria Hunter Robinson, Anthony Scott James, Janelle James Echevarria and Leslie James Taylor; a host of other loving family members, friends, co-workers and associates.

The interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Charitable donations may be made in Daniel's memory to the following organization:

The Daniel Steven James Educational Trust
8647 Richmond Highway, Suite, 272 Alexandria, VA 22309

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Blake LaMar Sr. and Jr.
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017
I am really shocked at the loss of a good friend. I knew his Dad. We were Continental pilots, Air Guard officers and personal friends. We had dinner together in Houston many times and thought we had solved most of the world's problems. My heart goes out to his family. He was one of the best.
What a loss.

John Gay
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
My condolences to Dana, son Daniel, and all of the Family. Danny will be missed, but never forgotten Love to all.
John Gay & Family.

Ted Corvette
   Posted Sat August 19, 2017
Ms. James, I was the S2 on MACV Team 32 in Vietnam. Danny flew me on a lot of missions. He saved my life and he was one of my heroes. I've mailed a short letter to you c/o McGuire. I hope you get it. May the Lord shower his blessings on you and your family, you just lost a really good man.

   Posted Mon August 21, 2017

The recent passing of Lt. Gen. Daniel James, III causes a deep sadness in those of us who were also fortunate enough to know his Dad, General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. It was my great privilege to serve under the father during my first fighter assignment at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ fifty-two years ago. Daniel III was then a college student already showing the pedigree greatness of his father. Later, I was blessed to know Danny, as we called him, throughout our service time together.

America and the world have been blessed to be greatly served by the first and only USAF African American father-son general officer team of the James.’ Knowing both of them and having met other members of their family brought great joy and enriched my life. I can’t help but imagine the spiritual reunion in heaven when the father, mother, daughter, and son gathered around to hear God, our Creator proclaim, “Welcome home, Danny, my true and faithful servant. Well done!”

And I say, rest in peace my brother. May all of those who have joined the “Lonely Eagles” rest in peace until that great getting up morning, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Col. Dick Toliver, USAF, Ret.
Archer-Ragsdale Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

David J. Byrd
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
To the Family of Lt. Gen. Daniel James, III,

Goodbye son of Chappie James. All of America salutes you and your family today. You are a proud and direct heir to the legacy of your Dad and Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

America owes you and your family a great debt.


David J. Byrd
Upper Marlboro, MD
Air Force spouse