James Howard Herriford was born November 21, 1953 in Booneville, Missouri. He was the fourth born of seven, to the union of Adoloph V. and Helen M. Herriford. He was proceeded in death by both parents and 3 older siblings, Loretta M. Herriford, Clarence (Bubbie) Herriford and Phillip E. Herriford. Several years later, the family relocated to an 88 acre farm in Lone Jack, Missouri. Against all odds, being the first and only African-American family to live in that area. James was the second African-American to ever graduate from Oak Grove High School in 1973.
He had a love for basketball and promising career, until a tragic accident during practice severely injuring his forearm and ending his opportunity to play professional basketball. He became a member of the Trinity Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend A.F. Adams, where he was baptized and gave his life to Christ. In the early 1970's, he worked the Stern Slegman and Prins, (Betty Rose Coats and Suits). He was later employed at the Kansas City Water Department on 18th & Prospect. He ran many different types of equipment, trained others on how to operate a back hole. He took an early retirement after 30 years at the age of 49. Some of James hobbies included... fishing, walking and a deep love of "old school" music and dancing.
James peacefully departed this life, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at North Kansas City, Hospice House. He was surrounded by his children, family and close friends. He leaves to mourn his wife of 35 years, Christine Herriford; his four children, James Herriford, Jr, (Shelly) of Booneville, MO, Curtis Herriford (Sasha) of Glasgow, MO, Angela Smith (Raymond), Eric Herriford of Kansas City, MO. One brother Dale Herriford and two sisters, MaryAlice Davis (Herbert), and Cynthia Allen (Tim) all of Kansas City. Thirteen grandchildren; James D. Herriford III, Malcom, Rashelle, Devin and Whitney Bush; Curtis Fretwell, Deon Herriford, Isaiah Howell, Dominick Herriford, Breana Herriford, Malaysia Herriford; One great-granddaughter, Makayla Herriford; and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great neices and a whole army of cousins and other relatives. He also leaves to mourn his special friend Carmen Pizano, her children and grand children, Kayla, Ethen, Rosa, Chris and Kiara.