Public Visitation #1
Visitation Date: Sunday, November 27th, 2022
James Lee Golden, Sr., founder and owner of Golden’s Funeral Home is the son of the late Claxton Golden and Nellie G. Golden. God breathed the breath of life into James on September 28, 1938 in Oviedo, Florida. He was the eldest of eight children.
He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Oviedo, Florida.
James attended the public schools of Seminole County and is a 1957 graduate of Crooms High School (Sanford, Florida). James spent his early years with his family in Oviedo, Florida before relocating to Winter Park, Florida in the 1950’s where he spent most of his adult life.
James was previously married to Barbara Harris Golden.
James leaves behind a legacy of helping people in need. He took the opportunity from the mentorship and training from others in the business to pursue and establish his own business in the funeral home industry. He started with his first funeral home in 1970 in the town of Eatonville, Florida (that building is now the Town Hall of Eatonville). He has had previous locations in Eustis, FL, Oviedo, FL and Kissimmee, FL. He was a former member of the Mortician’s Association.
Culminating forty-seven years of service to the Central Florida community, James retired in 2017 and passed the torch on to his son, James II to carry on his great legacy.
Prior to establishing Golden’s Funeral Home, James was an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Co.
In his leisure, James enjoyed cooking on the grill for family and friends. He firmly believed that the “greatest food” was fresh hot fish. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren.
On Sunday, November 13, 2022, God in His infinite wisdom looked down through the corridors of time and gazed upon His creation. He spoke softly and said, “It is done! Yes, the masterpiece I created is now finished and I am well pleased.” He gently called the name, James Lee Golden, Sr., saying, “Your work here on earth is now complete. You are now invited to come home!”
James is predeceased by his parents Claxton and Nellie Golden.
Left to cherish loving memories and to carry on James’ legacy are: his son James L. Golden II (Nikishia); daughter: Cynthia Y. Jacobs Delaney (Dale); four brothers: Jayson Golden (Atlanta, GA), Alfonzo Golden (Shirley) (Orlando, FL), Hubert Golden and Terrell Golden (Louise) (Savannah, GA); three sisters: Laverne McCrae (Trenton, NJ), Jean Roberts, Patricia Payton (Savannah, GA); six grandsons: Jared L. Golden (Saffa), Jordan Golden, Joshua Golden, James Golden III, Kishaun Hutchinson, and Kellen Hutchinson; great granddaughter: Joulev L. Golden; god-daughter: Fredryka “Sunshine” Miller; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and the Central Florida community.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Memories of my brother from another mother. When I moved here for a short time and during that time worked for James, he was a good guy. Thank you James for allowing me to be a part of your staff.
I started working with Mr. Golden in the mid 80s, he was a great man. He was one that gave many people opportunities to work/learn the funeral service business, he taught me a lot, and I hung in there and continued my work throughout the Florida/Georgia area servicing existing funeral service businesses, and continuing my education in mortuary science. Presently, on call with Goldens funeral home to this day. The Golden family are Wonder People! Mr. Golden was a great Man, a knowledgeable pioneer businessman in funeral services, with a great mind. To really know him, is to love him. Mr. Golden will be greatly missed in the Winter Park/Oviedo community, and every person that has come in contact with him, especially the families that Mr. Golden has serviced throughout the many years. He presence will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Boss Man, A Job Exceptionally Well Done.