SIKESTON - Dorothy Evelyn James, 75, died April 29, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born May 17, 1929, in Hickman, Ky., to the late Walter Fisher and Alzadie Haglar Moore, she was the valedictorian of the Riverview High School at Hickman, Ky., and attended Kentucky State University earning a Bachelor of Science in vocational home economics in 1952. Teaching elementary education in Mississippi County, she began teaching at the Lincoln Junior High School in 1956 and later became the first African-American to teach in an integrated school system in Sikeston. To further her education, she studied at the University of Wisconsin, Tuskegee Institute and Southeast Missouri State University.
A member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, she was a charter member of the Beta Gamma, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Hickman, later joining the West End Baptist Church after moving to Sikeston.
On March 11, 1964, she married Richard James, who survives of the home.
Also surviving is one son and daughter-in-law, Clorinda and William Richard James II of Cape Girardeau; one daughter, Joyce Burrell of Sikeston; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday until time for services at 11 a.m. at the West End Baptist Church. The Rev. Otis Hawes Jr. will officiate.
Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Williams Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Harvey, Lavar Dillard, Ferdinand Havis, Troy Jones, Donta Shawn and Shawn Ruffin.