Imam James Muhammad

March 17, 1938 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 83)


It is with sorrow that the management and staff of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. announces the passing of Imam James Muhammad of Florence, SC.  Imam Muhammad passed on Monday, January 3, 2022 at his residence.  

Funeral service is 11:00AM on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Gandy Cemetery. Interment will follow.  Please adhere to mask wearing and social distancing for this service. 


Imam James R. Muhammad was born in Darlington County on March 17, 1938, a son of the late Calhoun and Ida Sweet Gandy. He departed this life on Monday, January 3, 2022 at his residence after an illness. 

James received his education in the Darlington County Public School System attending Rosenwald High School. 

He became a member of the Muslim Religion.  Raoof met Imam Mohammed Idris in the sixties at Temple #7 in New York City.  Raoof was a very dedicated and sincere follower of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed leader of the Nation of Islam.  He attended all Fruit of Islam Classes. He sold Mohammed Speak Newspaper daily.  He stood security weekly and traveled to Chicago annually at the convention.  As was said above, he was very sincere.  As that sincerity, it led him to be called to Chicago to start driving our 16 wheeler trucks across the United States delivering Food Products and our Mohammed Speaks Newspaper to cities throughout America.

He was a protector of the Natural Status of the Human Being.  He was always giving more than he received.  He was a person that you could always call on.  He always had a good word to say.  He was a true believer in God and a follower of Prophet Mohammed.  Peace and Blessings be upon the Prophet.

James was also employed at SOCAR Steel Plant from which he retired. After retirement, James worked at New Generation Adult Day Center in Florence, SC until his health began to decline. 

Survivors left to cherish James' memory are: his wife of 34 years, Julia M. Muhammad of the home; his children: Jason F. Muhammad of Columbia, SC, Terrence T. Williams of Darlington, SC, and Angel L. Williams (Leroy R. Montgomery) of the home, Bridgette (Satifullah) Sultan of Virginia, Lynett M. (Wrendell) Chester of Houston, Texas, and Ida E. Parker of Nashville, Tennessee; his grandchildren: Rondre’ J. Briggs of the home, Jashon K. Muhammad of Florence, SC, Hassan (Ashleigh) Sultan, Jameel Sultan, Satiyyah Sultan, and Jalilah Sultan, all of Virginia; two grands from Nashville, Tennessee, and three grands from Houston, Texas; seven great grandchildren;  three brothers: Arthur (Anita) Gandy, Abram (Ivory) Gandy, and Calhoun Gandy, Jr.; two sisters: Hannah (Larry) Hough and Blanch Sawyer; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

James was preceded in death by his parents: Calhoun, Sr. and Ida Mae Gandy, his son, James Gandy, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and a daughter, Hope Willard of Myrtle Beach, SC; his siblings: Charlie Gandy, Phillip Gandy, Melvin Gandy, Ella Mae Allen, Queen Ester Hunter, and Willie Gandy. 

Please keep the family of Imam James Muhammad in your thoughts. 

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Funeral Service
January 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Gandy Cemetery

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