Funeral services for James C. Bordley, Jr. will be held Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 101 North Queen Street, Dover, DE. A viewing will be held at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 and one hour before the services. Bordley departed this life peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Capital Rehabilitation Center in Dover.
Bordley was born on December 8, 1926 in Goldsboro, Md., to the late James C. Bordley, Sr. and Cora Patterson Bordley. He lived in Dover for most of his life and carved a niche as a tireless advocate for students in general and particularly where he served as a member of the faculty in the public schools of Kent County. Much of whom he became was the result of a close-knit family that nurtured Christian values and belief in the possibilities of the human spirit.
A devoted husband, Bordley was united in holy matrimony to Phyllis Mae Prattis on January 17, 1953. From the union four children were born, Brenda Mae, Corrine Wanda, R. Stephanie and Dana Melissa. He demonstrated fatherly love and unrestrained affection toward his daughters.
A man of principle, Bordley received his early education at Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary School in the Caesar Rodney School District in Camden, Del. He then attended Booker T. Washington in the Capital School District and Delaware State High School. After high school, he attended Delaware State College (now University), where he received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural science and elementary education. He did further studies at the University of Delaware.
He was employed in the Caesar Rodney School District at Star Hill Elementary School and later taught in Felton for a short period of time. Before retiring, he spent 35 years at William Henry Middle School and touched the lives of countless students, encouraging them to live a life of selfless service to humanity. He continued to mentor students long after his retirement.
Bordley received his early religious training at Zion AME in Camden, Del. and later joined Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church of Dover, where he was an active member of the Lay Organization and a Class Leader. He also was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., National Education Association and the Delaware State Education Association. He enjoyed listening to gospel music.
In addition to his parents, three brothers, Dennis, Harvey, and George and a sister Christine Meade preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Phyllis; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Mae Evans (Gus), of Conyers, Ga.; Corrine Wanda Williams (Tony) of New Castle, Del.; R. Stephanie Proudford (Marc) of Bel Air, Md.; and Dana Melissa LeCompte (Maurice) of Wyoming, Del.; five grandchildren, Antonio Williams, Gianni Williams, Veronica Proudford, Camille LeCompte, and Claire LeCompte; four sisters, Barbara Bordley, Carolyn Pleasanton, Ernestine Collins and Sarah Bordley, all of Dover; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Stanford Bordley and Janice Lafferty Bordley; three brothers- in-law, Russell Pleasanton, James Collins and James C. Meade; one aunt, Gertrude Bordley; two men whom he regarded as sons, Allen McIlvaine (Joanne) and Kenny Lisinski (Linda); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
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Arrangements are being handled by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, DE.