Copyright 2011 James Brunson Youth Development Foundation, Inc.
“Every year, many students fail to enroll in school and I wish I could help make a better life for them and their families.”
These were the words of the late James “Boosie” Brunson, who was killed in a fatal car accident on I-75 in Fort Myers, Florida on December 11, 2007 while driving to work.
James was born in Tuskeegee, Alabama on April 24, 1966 and was the youngest of 12 children (7 brothers and 4 sisters).
He received an education from South Macon Elementary and High School. After graduating high school, James attended Tuskeegee Institute where he majored in agriculture.
In 1986, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida to care for his mother, who had been bedridden for several years.
In 1992 James met Chanetta Campbell and in 1994 they were joined together in marriage and became as one. During this time, James worked for the City of Fort Myers, BWT and Prologix LLC until his unfortunate passing.
James was a member of Mount Olive AME Church and in May 2007 joined New Image Tabernacle under the leadership of Dr. Alan B Stockton. While attending New Image, James was the Lead Cameraman and a Team Leader. He was very active in the church and would spend countless hours ensuring that everything was ready to go for the Sunday morning tapings. This also included any other special events that may have been needed during the week/weekend.
James was special and well loved by all. He would lend a helping hand to anyone that was in need; he would do it without hesitation. He always had kind and encouraging words for others during their trying times.
Mr. Brunson loved helping others so much that he volunteered for PAL (Police Athletic Lodge) and the YMCA for 10 years. He would get in his truck, go through the community and he would talk to any young man that he would see on the street corners. They liked James so well that they would pile up in his truck just to go play basketball for him. They went 5 consecutive years straight being undefeated. All James wanted was for them to stay out of trouble and go to school and get a good education.
James “Boosie” Brunson was truly a man among men. His commitment to his family, church, and community was the life that he lived.
Rest in peace Mr. Brunson and you are truly missed. The life you lived will shine in our hearts and minds forever. You will never be forgotten.
“A Foundation Built