Essie Mae Graham James, 69, of Carlisle, departed this life August 2, 2012. She was born to Frank and Mahalia Graham on June 5, 1943 in Lonoke, AR.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Earnest James; parents, Frank and Mahalia Graham; son, Earnest (Bubba) James Jr.; brother, Jerry Graham; sister Alma Jean Reed; and grandson, Adryan Spencer.

She was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle, Arkansas, where she loved planning events and decorating for church functions.

She leaves behind to cherish the memories of her life, two sisters, Millie Dowd of Carlisle, Kathy Harris of Kankakee, IL; two brothers, Dan (Irene) Graham of Pine Bluff, Willie (Jane) Graham of Mesa, AZ; four daughters - Lora (Timmy) Powell of Carlisle, Conya (Gary) Spencer of Lonoke, Antwuanette Ricks of Carlisle, and Angelia (Tim) James of Carlisle; three sons - Neal James of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Danny (Mary) James of Conway, Reggie (Leigh) James of North Aurora, IL; one God daughter - Latoya Cooney-Burley; two special “daughters”, Jackie Williams and Angela Berryman; seventeen grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Gateway Fellowship International, in Lonoke, AR. Interment Carlisle Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 8821 Colonel Glenn, Little Rock. 565-1800