James (Horsey) Moses Truesdale Jr. was born October 26, 1961 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the second child and only son born to James and Juanita Truesdale. He died on June 10, 2020 in his home in Fayetteville, NC due to complications related to diabetes.
James was an avid track and field medal-winning athlete at Seventy First High School in Fayetteville, NC. and graduated in 1981. He eventually left Fayetteville and joined the Job Corp. In the mid ‘80s he joined his older sister in Los Angeles, California.
He had a successful career in LA utilizing his carpentry and horticultural training skills. He worked as a free-lance house painter until partnering with a friend to form a house-painting company. James was a hard worker. Working gave him peace of mind.
Everybody knew he was a true sports fanatic and enjoyed talking about sports on an alpha-male level. He took pride in rooting and staying loyal to the underdogs. You better never say anything bad about the Kansas City Chiefs. Gardening was his passion. He could make anything grow. He had an undeniable capacity for more emotion and empathy than most people could handle, which is why he connected so well with animals. There did not exist any type of animal he did not want to make a pet or care for, especially dogs. Dogs gravitated to him and he could train even the most untrainable, which earned him the nickname; “The Dog Whisperer.” He also LOVED the Bible. He was famous for quoting Bible scriptures when he felt it helped him to get his point across.
Like the Bible, James could seem to be perplexing, complicated, and difficult to understand. He could sometimes speak in riddles that left you completely baffled. But once you got to know him you realized he wanted to show you love and to be loved in return. His knowledge of the Bible was what attracted his wife Caroline Truesdale to him and lead her to Jehovah.
James leaves behind a loving mother and 5 sisters who will, (as he used to say) “True-Daley” miss him so much. He has 2 half-brothers.
His many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, stepchildren, and friends from the East Coast to the West Coast, will miss his warmth, his laughter and the “jokey-jokes.” We will miss the long telephone conversations and the 2-paragraph long text messages and the quotes. Like this one; “I’m Six Foot Four....Dropping To The Floor.” He made friends everywhere he went. His personality and true desire to be your friend made you overlook his faults. He made everyone feel that he genuinely cared about them because he did.
He will also be remembered for his many nicknames like “Horsey” and Slim.
He will be missed for his love of laughter and pure fun!
James loved Jehovah and he had hope of a life in a paradise earth. He had faith and hope that one day he would never need pills or doctors to take away the pain in his body or alcohol to cope with the things in life he did not understand or could not control. He had faith that Jehovah God forgives what mankind could not.
If you “True-Daly” loved him the way he loved you, please have that faith and hope for him too.
The family of James Moses Truesdale Jr. thanks you for sharing this moment with us in remembering our loved one.
Thank you for your continued support during the pain and sorrow of this difficult time.
Service to held on July 18, 2020.
3 PM Eastern - 12 PM Pacific
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