James Ernest York, 45, passed away May 20, in Orange.

A graveside service will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Wednesday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

He was born Sept. 25, 1965 in Orange to Phillip Leo York, Sr. and Inelda Angelica (Lopez) York. James worked at Roberts Meat Market as a meat cutter and had a passion for heavy metal music. He was a very talented drummer who was just starting to form a band. Those who knew James will always remember him as a kind hearted, generous and loving man.

James is preceded in death by his father, Phillip Leo York, Sr. and brother, David Benjamin York.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Inelda York of Orange; daughter, Destini Kendall; son, Corbin Kendall both of Virginia; daughter, Gabrielle York of Fredericksburg; sister, Cynthia Childress and husband, Kenneth of Orange and brother, Phillip York, Jr. and wife, Jennifer of Orange.

He is also survived by his aunt, Rebecca Ramirez and husband, Robert of Orange; uncle, Justo Lopez, Jr. and wife, Edelmira of Houston; cousin, Daniel N. Lopez of Humble and so many other family and friends who will miss and love him dearly.