Stephen Frank James Jr., age 64, of Grove City, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly and heartbreakingly too soon on April 15, 2022. Steve was born December 15, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Stephen and Olivia James. Steve is survived by his sister, Cherlyn Bowman, brother, Ernest L. James, daughter, Jennifer (Michael) Reber, son, Jeffrey (Kathleen) James, grandchildren Preston, Reagan, and Brennan Reber, and Jace and Jax James. Steve is also survived by his uncle, Ernest P. (Shirley) James, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and wonderful friends.
Steve graduated from Bishop Ready High School in 1975 and Marietta College in 1980, where he was a beloved member of Suite 301. During his career at Marietta, Steve was a two-sport letterman. He excelled in football and wrestling, earning 4 letters in each sport. In football, he was team captain his senior year, leading it in scoring as a running back, and in tackles as a linebacker. He was a two-time First Team All-OAC selection and won the Critchfield Award his senior year as OAC’s Outstanding Defensive Back.