James Dean Featherston, 53, passed away on January 12, 2019 after a courageous battle with a brief illness. He was born on August 31, 1965 in Kansas City, Kansas to James and Carolyn Featherston. James was the youngest of four boys: Vernon Lee (wife Regina); David Eugene (wife Karen); and Reginald Alan (deceased). His childhood nickname was "Poopie".
James married the love of his life CaSonya Featherston on April 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. James has two beautiful daughters, Jamesia Brown (husband Marcus) of Perris, California and Tyler Williams of Thomasville, Georgia. He has three precious grandchildren, Elijah Brown; Carter Brown and Jassiah Kingston Williams.
James states on his Facebook page that: I am a God-fearing gentleman, that is blessed with favor and grace!
James was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and continued to reside there in his adulthood, after brief stays in Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia. He was a proud graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, Class of 1983 (#Bulldogs4Life). He played football and baseball at Wyandotte. He also attended Parker Elementary and West Jr. High and played little league football and baseball for the Masonites and Sanders School of Beauty.
James attended Southern Illinois University and Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College and studied Communications. He also graduated from Concord Career College as a Medical Assistant with a specialization in Phlebotomy.
James was most recently self-employed. He also worked several years for United Parcels Service (UPS), beginning as a driver and ending up as a supervisor. In addition, he worked many years in the customer service industry.
James was a lifelong member of Salem Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Reverend C.B. Bailey and Reverend Tony Carter Jr. were his Pastors.
James was an avid sportsman. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs and the University of Kansas Jayhawk basketball team. He followed all major sports, football, baseball, and basketball. He loved to fish and play cards (bid whist and spades, especially). He had a great personality and loved to talk and meet new people. He had an excellent memory for dates and trivia and had a “gift for gab” that allowed him to flourish in any situations.
James was preceded in death by his brother, Reginald Featherston and grandparents, Bernice and T.G. Whitehead; Rev. JL Featherston; Julia Porter and Virgil Porter.
James is survived by his wife, CaSonya Featherston; mother, Carolyn Featherston; father, James Featherston; brothers, Vernon Featherston and David Featherston; daughters, Jamesia Brown and Tyler Williams.
James also had six nieces and nephews, two half-sisters, numerous grand nieces and nephews, many cousins, friends, and acquaintances.