James Willie Sligh, Jr., affectionately known as Sugar, was born on January 7, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the third child of seven children born to the late James and Eunice Clement Sligh. Sugar departed this life during the early hours on the morning of Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Sugar was raised in the Gospel Spreading Church of God in Baltimore, Maryland. He participated in the Purity Club on Tuesday Nights and the Young People’s Union on Sunday evenings. He also sang on the Young People’s Choir and lead several songs with Jacqueline Butler Edwards.
In addition to having a very high IQ, Sugar discovered at a very early age that he had a photographic memory. Whereas, his siblings would study for days to get ready for tests, he would read a book once, remember and recall everything that he read down to the smallest detail, and ace his tests. This skill served him well while in school and throughout his professional life. Sugar received his education in the Baltimore City Public School System. He graduated with honors from Carver Vocational High School.
After graduating from high school, Sugar worked with his father as a Longshoremen at the Baltimore Port Authority until he received an injury that caused some of his toes to be amputated. He decided to continue his education and attended the Delaware Valley School of Trades. He graduated at the top of his class and became a certified electrician and carpenter.
Sugar was known as a master home improvement technician. He worked extensively in the Edmondson Village area. God gifted him with the knowledge and ability to transform houses into beautiful homes. He also transformed a house and two warehouses into amazing places of worship (Maximum Life Christian Center and Joshua Ministries). This was his true calling. He was also a landscaper, a brilliant mathematician, and a computer operator.
Sugar made his transition from earth on May 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Eunice Sligh; his siblings: Delores and Esther Sligh; and grandson Denim Prioleau.
He leaves to mourn: one daughter, Felicia Sligh (David); one son, Donya Carter; three sisters, Gazelle Sligh Ashby, Debbie Sligh Caddell and Valerie Ann Sligh; one brother,
Timothy Irwin Sligh; 2 grandchildren, Cynthia Grayson and Sidney Grayson; 2 great grandchildren, Charlyy Prioleau and Denver Ashe: 3 nieces, Tamara D. Harris, Chanelle Pair, and Tameka Sligh; 3 nephews, Anthony Harris, Ralph Phillips and Michael Sligh; eleven great nieces and nephews; ten great-great nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins and beloved friends.
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