Mr. Winston James
Winston Edmond James was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to William Edmond and Jeanette Marie
James. At the age of three, Winston’s father moved the family to Houston, TX in search of better
opportunities. Houston would become Winston’s hometown.
Winston was baptized at Brentwood Baptist Church at an early age and dedicated his life to the service
of Christ and the church. Winston would go on to serve in several ministries, but the music ministry was
his passion. He served in the church throughout his life, singing in the youth choir, the young adult choir,
and most recently the praise team. He was faithful to the ministry, practicing many late nights and
establishing meaningful and lasting relationships along the way.
Winston attended Quail Valley Middle School and graduated from Dulles High School where he would
make a few life-long friends. Winston attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a
Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Throughout his college life Winston was active in a multitude of student
organizations and was recognized for his leadership and contributions. As a result of his various
affiliations and as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, his circle of close friends and brothers grew.
In 2002, Winston began his career at Reliant Energy Resources, which would be his first and only job
after graduating college. During his 19-year tenure with the company, he earned a reputation as a
strong leader and mentor. He was respected for his work ethic and could be dutiful to a fault. He was
commonly consulted throughout the organization because of his keen ability to advise and problem
solve. Many would attest that after working alongside Winston, it wouldn’t be long before you would
grow from a colleague to a friend.
Winston met his life partner and friend Tommietra Walker at work. Their friendship would blossom into
a loving relationship followed by marriage and the birth of their son, Windel. Winston was a doting and
diligent father who valued structure and provided loving care when imparting important life lessons. He
would coach his son’s sports teams and could be relied on to help with homework. With his focus on
developing his son into a consummate gentleman, he was sure to offer grooming and style tips every
young man needs.
Winston was always the listening ear and voice of compassion and reason for friends and family; but not
without some healthy debate. He had an infectious spirit and an energy that was unmatched --
Our hearts have forever been changed by knowing the great man he was to so many.
Winston was preceded in death by his parents Jeanette and William James and survived by his wife
Tommietra, son Windel, godmother Mary Belle, sister Patricia Harris, and many relatives. Winston also
leaves to cherish his memory, his church family, several close friends, and former colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to NAMI Greater Houston
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