James Howard Cleveland, Sr

September 27, 1940 ~ June 1, 2022 (age 81)

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A Celebration of Praise & Thanksgiving

James Howard (La La) Cleveland


September 27, 1941                                                                                                                                        June 1, 2022

Service: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Time: 10:00am

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.

Active Pallbearers

Zachary Duckworth                                                                                                         Al Harris

Osiris Duckworth                                                                                                              Theo Jefferson

Temmothis Culverson                                                                                                    Tony McFarland

Honorary Pallbearers

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.

Our Thanks

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

Bunker’s Mortuary

925 Las Vegas Blvd N.

Las Vegas, NV  89101

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June 14, 2022

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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