James Patrick O'Hern

September 14, 1988October 7, 2020

James Patrick O'Hern, age 32, of Olympia, Washington passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A visitation for family & friends will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 3770 US Hwy 280/ 431N, Phenix City, AL 36867 . Strict COVID-19 safety practices and social distancing will be in place.

James was born September 14, 1988 in Columbus, GA to Anna Marie Vester-O'Hern and Floyd Carlton O'Hern, Jr. (Linda). He grew up in Smiths Station, AL and graduated from Smiths Station High School. He lived in Olympia, WA for many years and was employed as a Car Audio Specialist and Electrician. James had many friends in Washington and they lovingly called him “Georgia” due to his being a very excited and life-long Georgia Bulldog fan. They loved to hear him talk and encouraged him to do so because they enjoyed listening to his “southern twang” accent (and making fun of it too). James was full of fun and laughter and was a car audio enthusiast receiving many 1st Place awards for his talent with car stereos and auto details at Car Shows. Although his passion was extreme car audios, his hobby had taken 2nd Place in his life for the past 3 years because of a NEW love in his life, his beautiful daughter Adrian. She was born and suddenly his focus and priorities were forever changed. James dedicated his love, life, and attention to being the best “Babes” that little Adrian could have. A loving father (Babes), son, grandson, fiancé, nephew, and cousin, James is missed so much already. Our hearts are completely broken but we are somewhat comforted in knowing he is now with his grandmother Mattie Ethel Bell. James is survived by his precious daughter Adrian Nicole O'Hern, mother Anna Marie Vester-O'Hern and father Floyd Carlton O'Hern, Jr. (Linda), maternal grandmother Joyce Marie Vester (David Eugene Vester), aunt Rayna Sizemore, aunt Rose Lipe, aunt Janice Bradley, fiance Melissa Merrick, aunt Dianne McCallister (Mike), aunt Veronica McMillion (Mike) and uncle Alex Bell (Kristina) and many cousins. James was preceded in death by his grandfather Floyd Carlton O'Hern, Sr., grandmother Mattie Ethel Bell and grandfather David Eugene Vester.

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  • Anna Marie Vester-O'Hern, Mother
  • Floyd Carlton O'Hern, Jr. (Linda), Father
  • Adrian Nicole O'Hern, Daughter
  • Mattie Ethel Bell, Paternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • Floyd Carlton O'Hern, Sr., paternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • David Eugene Vester, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Joyce Marie Vester (David Eugene Vester), Maternal Grandmother
  • Rayna Sizemore, maternal Aunt
  • Rose Lipe, maternal Aunt
  • Janice Bradley, maternal Aunt
  • Melissa Merrick, fiance
  • Dianne McCallister (Mike), paternal Aunt
  • Veronica McMillion (Mike), paternal Aunt
  • Alex Bell (Kristina), paternal Uncle

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  • Visitation for Family & Friends

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Marc Malmer

October 16, 2020


You always had a way to brighten a room with your personality and infectious smile. You taught me how to be patient, strong, respectful and humble. Through the years, you helped me grow as an individual, gave me advice and was always proud to be part of my family. The day I met you, you absolutely taught me how to accept defeat in the car audio world. Since that day, you always made me strive to be louder, cleaner and a better competitor. I love you so much and want you to know how much you truly meant to me. Rest in peace my friend. We will take it from here.

Vernon Ladd II

October 16, 2020

James was a really good friend he was always there for me at times when I needed him the most. and this deeply saddens me, and I’m deeply sorry for the families loss and look forward to seeing them on the other side when that day eventually comes

Hilary Ballangee

October 15, 2020

James was my little cousin . He was always so happy to be with the family! I can’t even believe that this is happening!!!!! James May you Rest In Peace!!!!! I’m praying a special prayer over your daughter so that she may know your love and the love of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Shea Lea

October 15, 2020

I have many memories with James. He’s been my best friend for a long time now. He was there as my shoulder to cry on after I lost my brother. My most favorite thing in the world was when we went to Lincoln city Oregon this last august and he gave me a giant hug and said “ you’re my favorite girlfriend” because when my fiancé Austin introduced us he instantly told me I was his favorite girlfriend because I was always happy. I love you James, so much. You will forever have a place in my heart.

Camille Steele

October 15, 2020

I will always remember James, as my little cousin, who was always smiling. He was always excited to be at the river with family. He always hugged me whenever he saw me. He had such a joyful & humble spirit. I love you James!

Austin Peters

October 15, 2020

James, I met him when I was eighteen, and that’s when things changed in my life, From doing nothing to car audio, his love for car audio opened my eyes to it. In the last two years i got close with him, to my first surf city comp to our first actual build in my car. I will never forget you brother and I hope you’re up there hittin the lows and poppin cones. I love you bro bro. -Your lil brother Austin.
Only photo I could find. It’s our cars together at a lil comp.


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