We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Memory Gardens Memorial Park
A Celebration of Praise & Thanksgiving
James Howard (La La) Cleveland
September 27, 1941 June 1, 2022
Service: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
True Love Missionary Baptist Church
1941 North “H” Street
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Reverend: Dr. Charles Hemphill, Pastor
Officiant: Reverend, Dr. Willie Jacobs Jr.
Interment: Eden Vale Memorial Park
1218 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Please wear your mask. A Nurse will be taking temperatures
Order of Service
Prelude Soft Music
Processional Clergies and Family
Musical Selection Annettria and Darrell Scott
Scripture - Old and New Testament Garey Bryant and Kimberly Matthews
Prayer Rev. Dr. Charles Hemphill
Musical Selection “To God Be the Glory” Nina Hooks-Bodnar
Resolutions Mavis Cleveland
Words of Comfort Rev. Linda Stanley
Expression of Love and Tributes: 2 minutes please
Musical Selection “I’ll Never Turn Back” Family & Friends of La La
Acknowledgement & Obituary Carolyn Blanche
Solo “Jesus, Oh How Sweet The Name” Kenneth Smith
Eulogy Rev. Dr. Willie Jacobs Jr.
A Glimpse Till Glory Bunker’s Ambassadors and Ushers
James “La La’s” Journey
In God’s Omnipotent Wisdom, Divine Love and Power, September 27, 1941 was ordained to be the spiritual ushering of the birth of James Howard Cleveland. The sixth child born to Johnny Cleveland Sr. and Dessie Royster Cleveland in Tallulah LA. James was only eleven (11) months old when his mother passed away. He was reared by his Grandmother, Emily Anthony Kiner. He had a very happy childhood, adored and obeyed his elders, and enjoyed playing with his siblings and many cousins. He attended Sunday School, Church and Public Schools in Tallulah and graduated from Ruben McCall High School in May 1960. While in High School he played basketball and sang with the choir. Immediately after graduation, James and his best friend Willie Hicks enlisted in the U.S. Navy. They were blessed to spend their 4 year tour together in Japan, Hawaii, China and in the Philippines. Their last duties was at the Naval Base in San Diego, CA where James met and married his first wife Pearl. They shared 32 years together until her death. They are the parents of 3 children, James Jr., Tomorie and Dockery. James relocated to Las Vegas in 1964 to be with his eldest sister Lucille. He joined Z.U.M.Ch. under the leadership of Rev. Dr. M. D. Bennett Sr.
He was a dutiful member, serving as a Trustee, Member of the Cook’s Club and singing in the Chancel Choir as one of the lead soloist. James was a licensed Electrician, and he worked at various jobs in Las Vegas before starting a career with Pan American and Nevada Test Site as a foreman. He retired in 2001. He met his wife Barbara at Z.U.M.Ch. and they married in 2004. James and Barbara enjoyed 18 years traveling in the United States and abroad until his health failed.
A Time to Rest
God In His Wisdom granted us the privilege of sharing time with one we loved so dear. Certainly our lives have been enriched by our experiences with James. On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 5:37am James was called home to glory. He leaves to cherish and celebrate his memories a loving wife, Barbara Cleveland of 18 years, four children, James Jr. (Penny), David Matthews (Kimberly), Tomorie and Dockery Cleveland, 10 Grandchildren, Zachery, Aramis, Osiris, Tem II, Makhayla, Elaine, Ali, Jordan, David and Da’Von. Great Grandchildren, Amir and Charlie, one sister, Lucille Cleveland Bryant, one brother, Johnny Cleveland (Essie) all from Las Vegas, NV. And many more family and friends.
Preceding James in death: His Parents, Grand Parents, 3 sisters, Jessie Mae Cleveland, Vera Mae Cleveland and Dorothy Cleveland Hendon.
Zachary Duckworth Al Harris
Osiris Duckworth Theo Jefferson
Temmothis Culverson Tony McFarland
Johnny Cleveland Willie Hicks
Glen Alexander George Bryant Jr.
Mike Hendon Mark Walker Jr.
Montie Travis David Matthews Sr.
David Matthews Jr. Ali Cleveland
James Cleveland Jr.
With greatful appreciation, the family thanks you for your words of comfort, both verbal and written, your prayers, visits, floral arrangements and food, and all acts of kindness. May God Bless you All!
Immediately following the burial at:
True Love’s I. W. Wilson Fellowhip Hall
Professional Service Entrusted to
925 Las Vegas Blvd N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101