Remembering Beverlee Joyce Biscomb James

Beverlee James

Funeral Services for Beverlee Joyce Biscomb James, age 82, of Ruston, Louisiana, are scheduled for Thursday, July 06, 2023, 11:00 A.M. at The Episcopal Church of The Redeemer.  Interment will follow in Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens, in Ruston, LA.  Visitation will be at the church, Thursday morning, 9:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. 

Beverlee Joyce Biscomb James was born November 13, 1940, and went to God’s eternal kingdom on July 1, 2023.

Beverlee was born in Goshen, Indiana and moved with her family to Shreveport in 1953 and then to Ruston in 1957. She graduated from Ruston High School in 1958 and earned a BS in English in 1962 from Louisiana Tech University.

Beverlee met John Tom James in 1957 at Ruston High School. They were married June 2, 1962, and were the love of each other’s lives for the next 54 years.

Beverlee and John Tom had a passion for gourmet cooking and entertaining. After repeated requests for recipes from family and friends, Beverlee published “B. J. Cooks” which included all of John Tom and Beverlee’s favorite recipes.  Beverlee especially enjoyed time with her beloved friend, Pat Evans, teaching “Cuisinart” classes and traveling. She and John Tom traveled the world, but in recent years her favorite destination was sitting by the water in Orange Beach, Alabama. Beverlee always enjoyed the company of others, she especially enjoyed the “Wednesday Ladies Lunch Group” and having friends over for “Wheel and Wine”.  Beverlee was a member of the Culture Guild, Ruston Garden Club and served for many years as a “Pink Lady” for the NLMC hospital auxiliary with her beloved friend Esther Lu Lazerus. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer of Ruston, Louisiana and was always in attendance for the early service.

Beverlee was predeceased by her parents: George Oliver Biscomb and Joyce Baker Biscomb; sister; Barbara Biscomb McCullin; brother; Walter Troy Biscomb; sister-in-law; Renna James Burkhalter; brother-in-law; Floyd Benjamine James, Jr.; and nephews: Lewell Orum Burkhalter, Jr. and Bryan James Burkhalter and her beloved husband of 54 years John Tom James.

Beverlee is survived by her children: John Thomas James, Jr. and wife, Jennifer Adkins James; Matthew Ayres James and wife, Jill Grigsby James; grandchildren: John Thomas James, III, Henry Floyd James and Annie Rose James; sister; Kiki Biscomb Wardlaw and husband Chastain; sisters-in-law: Margaret Ann Riser James and Angie Bonnette Biscomb and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Greg Herbert, Butch Hightower, Bill Hogan, Henry James, John T. James, III, John Kyte, Dicky Nealy, Dan O’Neal and Add Goff.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Allen Herbert, Jerry Huckaby, Andy McCullin, Mark McCullin, Baker Wardlaw, John T. James III, and Chastain Wardlaw.

Ushers are Heath Hightower and Dean Norton.

Beverlee’s family would like to give special recognition and thanks to: Dr. Shane Phillips, Dr. David Osafo, Tawana Bennett, Kimberly Benton and all of the women with Benton Care, LLC and Nurse Stephanie Diffey and fellow staff with Allegiance Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Med Camps of Louisiana, 102 Thomas Road, Suite 615, West Monroe, LA 71291 or The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 504 Tech Drive, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, or the charity of the donor’s choice.