James (Jimmy) Harvey Paige III, 60 was called home to the lord on August 18,2021. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on November 21, 1960 to his late parents James (Pete) Harvey Paige Jr. and Shirley Nadine (Carter) Paige. James worked as Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, Wheeling Hospital as Coordinator of Legal Affairs and Human Resources, Steptoe and Johnson Attorney-at-Law, West Virginia Division of Banking as Commissioner of Banking (youngest to hold position), Pittsburgh National Bank, Trust Administrator, Admitted to Practice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
James graduated from Wheeling Park High School 1978, where he lettered and was Co-Captain of the basketball team and selected First-Team All-State. He attended Bethany College (B.A. in Social Work) 1978-1982, he lettered in basketball and tennis, Captain of the 1982 Bison team, his career total of 1,141 points making him the third Bison player to reach the 1,000-point mark. He was PAC “Player of the Year” 1982, two time PAC All-Conference First-Team selection, First-Time All-Ohio Valley Collège Basketball selection 1981 and 1982, and the Pittsburgh Press Tri-State College Basketball Third-Team honors in 1982. He earned his Masters Degree (Public and International Affairs) at the University of Pittsburgh. Earned his Doctorate in Law (Doctor of Jurisprudence) at West Virginia University College of Law.
James was a prominent member of the Wheeling community, founder of the James H. Paige Learning Centers (Wheeling, Charleston, & Martinsburg WV), centers for lifelong learning as well as the Elks Basketball Tournament, and Youth and Cheerleading Clinic. His community service also extended to West Virginia University President’s Visiting Committee on Black American Affairs, Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Advisors at West Virginia University, Humanities Council, Multiple Sclerosis-Circle of Leadership, Boy Scouts of America, Victorian Wheeling Landmarks Foundation, Wheeling Country Day School, and Youth and State Government. He was also an integral part of Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, James was the recipient of several honors and awards, some of which included Outstanding Young West Virginia (Ohio Valley Jaycees), Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee (basketball and tennis), Presidential Points of Light Award Winner (1 of 21 in the U.S.), Minority Small Business Associate of the Year, SGMA Heroes Award for West Virginia, Big MAC Award (“Most Assists With Children”), Charleston Public Safety Award, Student Success Story Award, and Wheeling Park Athletic Hall of Fame. He also represented the State of West Virginia at the White House and the Community Builder of the Year Award for the East Wheeling Civics. James was honored by Ebony Magazine as one of the 50 Leaders of the Future.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Clarinda Paige Jackson.
He is survived by his loving son, James (Karigan) Paige IV; four sisters, Linda (Stephen) Wright of Bowie, MD, Carmen Paige of Suffolk, VA, Clarise (Gregory) Thompson, of Clarksburg, Maryland, and Charise Paige of Wheeling, West Virginia; a special cousin, Tisha Terry, of Wheeling, West Virginia, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received Friday, August 27th from 4-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, 1400 Eoff Street. Saturday August 28th from 11 am until time of funeral services at 1 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church 105 12th Street. Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.