Story: Eric Elezuo Photo: Ken Ehimen & Abraham Falodun
Death, a necessary end came the way of Chief Gregory Imeh James, the father of Editor of Ovation International Magazine, Mr. Michael Effiong James, at the ripe age of 80.
The journey to eternal glory began with a lying in-state at his residence after which the remains of the octogenarian was conveyed to St. Athanasius Primary School, Nung Oku-Ibesikpo, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, where a funeral service conducted by Ministers of The Church of Christ was held.
Pa Imeh James, who began his career as a Naval rating, later started his own business in 1976, excelled in his trade, gaining the leverage to build his home and train his children to great height in their fields of chosen endeavour.
After the service, where Minister Ability Abraham preached about the need to serve in the vineyard of the Lord, the remains of the accomplished family man was returned to his compound where he was interred.
Thereafter, there was a lavish reception where food, drinks and quality music flood freely.
The ceremony drew notable personalities from the government, business and media sectors such as the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, Honourable Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, CPS to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Former AIG of Police, Chief Tunji Alapini, Owner, Bevista, Mr. Benny Obaze, MD/CEO, Vivid Imagination, Mr. Godwin Mekwuye, Group CEO, Charterhouse, Mr. Iyiola Ayoade, celebrated Activist and Journalist, Richard Akinnola, Publisher, Yes Magazine, Azuh Arinze; Founder, African Women in Leadership Organisation, Mr. Elisha Attai; Prince Damola Aderemi, Members of January 9 Collective, Rotary Club among others.
It was indeed a worthy celebration of life for a man who touched many lives during his earthly sojourn.