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James Preston Koon, Sr.

July 12, 1949 ~ November 14, 2022 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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James P. Koon Sr. was born July 12, 1949, in Chapin, South Carolina, the beloved son of the late Grover C. Koon and Essie Suber Koon.  He transitioned from this world on Monday, November 14, 2022, at UF Health Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Jimbo/Jay-Pee” as he was affectionately called by family and friends, James and his family relocated to Coatesville, Pennsylvania when he was two years old. James was educated in the Coatesville Area School District and graduated from Steelton High School in Steelton, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While living in Coatesville, James worked for Lukens Steel in Coatesville and Schramm Metal in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Later, upon relocating to Tennessee, he worked for a Block and Brick Company in Chattanooga and then transitioned to The U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in Jacksonville, Florida after many years of dedication.

While residing in Tennessee, James was active in the local Masonic Hall and Shriner’s Organization. James enjoyed watching MSNBC, playing Bid Whist and Pinochle. He loved music and enjoyed attending concerts. He loved to travel and would go to Coatesville to his brother-in-law, Earl’s annual cookout as the official photographer. James could be found at many family gatherings taking pictures to capture special memories. He loved to travel to his sister Ruby’s home in Decatur, Georgia for Thanksgiving.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by three nephews, Dwain Koon, and Kenneth and Kevin Mills.

James leaves to cherish his memories to a son, James P. (Amanda) Koon Jr. of Columbia, SC; daughter, Marlene Anderson of Philadelphia, PA; three brothers, Joseph (Doris) Koon, and Grover (Cathy) Koon, both of Coatesville, PA; Jessie Caughman of Columbia, SC; and three sisters, Evelyn (Earl) Johnson of Coatesville, PA; Ruby (Lawrence) Shamsid-Deen  and Lucinda (Tyrone) Jordan both of Decatur, GA; four grandchildren, James P. Koon, III, Christopher Stokes, Alec Koon, and Kira Koon; three great grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces, other loving relatives, and dear friends. James will also be missed by a group of friends that he were very close to him, Coleman Matthews, Johnny Roberts, Harvey Ellison, Arnold Hammond, Fred Myers, Ed Boyer, Stan Wilson, Rodney Henry, and Nate Bookman.


 Service Program


Public Viewing
December 3, 2022

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
December 3, 2022

1:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service

St. John AME Church Cemetery
102 Broomstraw Road
Chapin, SC 29036

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In Loving Memory Of

James Preston Koon, Sr.

July 12, 1949-November 14, 2022

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