James Robert Africa

September 3, 1935April 6, 2012


1935 - 2012

Jim passed away April 6, 2012 at his home in Redding, California.

Jim was born on September 3, 1935 in Santa Monica, California. He graduated from Venice High School, attended Santa Monica City College and Cal Poly State University.

Jim is survived by his wife Suanne Africa, brother Rich (Karen) Africa, all of Redding, California; son Jim Africa of Simi Valley, California; daughter Jill Africa-Barnes of Banks, Oregon; daughter Jody Africa and granddaughter Leka (Henry) 'Anitema of Wailuku, Maui, and grand son Jay Puafisi, attending BYU Provo, Utah. Jim and Sue's son, Jay Robert Africa, passed away in 1983.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to American Heart Association.


  • Celebration Of Life Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2012

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Mike Landau

August 8, 2012

Dear Sue and Family
Sorry to hear the news about Jim. As a neighborhood kid growing up with your family, I always remember that if I was standing to close to the car on the driveway, Jim would stick a rag in my hand and tell me (and anyone else standing around) to wipe down the car. To this day, I sitll think of him when I wash my car! He may have been gruff on the outside, but deep down he was a softie. May his memory be a blessing to all.

Jack & Becky Bowles

April 24, 2012

He called me "the farmer" when we showed up to golf. When we left he would tell us I'll see you tomorrow. I shall miss his joking with us. Our prayers are with him and his family.

Richard Pearce

April 16, 2012

To the Family and Special Friends of "Big Daddy" Jim Africa. My heart is with each and eveyone of you. I enjoyed doing my business with Big Daddy and his Partners at the Jiffy Mart.

thomas drake

April 15, 2012

Jim was family,my kids loved him as we all did.We played golf many times and there was no better friend than "BIG DADDY"

John Birka-White

April 14, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss.I always looked forward to seeing Jim when I went to play golf.He always had a big smile and welcome glad to see you here. I will miss him and remember him everytime I pick up my clubs. May God's love and peace sustain you at this time of grief.

Andy Clemens

April 14, 2012

Jim was a man of who always approached you with a hand shake and a smile. I will miss Jim, for he was a man of "Qualities" that are of few and far between these days.
My condolences to the family.

Grant Baker

April 13, 2012

Dear Africa Family,

I'm very sorry to hear about Jim. I met him shortly after he moved to Redding and opened the Jiffy Mart. He was a kind, funny, classy and a hard working guy.

We talked about sports and also about TV shows like 'Hart to Hart' and 'The Fall Guy' which he was involved with I believe. Jeff Pew, Dana McLemore, Kevin Fidell and Danny Andrago were some of the people he told me about.

I went to a football game with his son Jay at the Univ. of Oregon in 1981 to watch Jay's Venice High classmate Pew play in. Jim and Jay were both great people. I will always remember them.

Clinton Wilson

April 13, 2012

To the Africa Family, I owe so much to "Big Jim". He was a mentor and role model for me at Jiffy Mart. A good man and a great friend.

Denise Wallace

April 13, 2012

To The Entire Africa Family,
Condolences to each and every one of you.
I remember Jim from Jiffy Mart. However, I really got to know and LOVE HIM at the golf course. To say he will be missed is an under statement. Jim was one in a million, positive, always upbeat, funny beyond belief, HONEST, a truly HARD WORKER, and a pretty darn good golfer,(when his back wasn't hurting). He loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. I can hear his laughter and see his smile. His passing is a great loss to many. I only hope there is CROWN ROYAL in heaven. I do and will miss you my FRIEND. We're happy to donate to the Heart Association in your name because you had such a great big heart!
Denise Wallace & Lisa Donnelly

April 12, 2012

Dear Jody and Family,

(As were heard from our daughter, Katie, from your facebook page, wanted to forward this message to guestbook, in the event it was not received.)

Along with our condolences to Sue, Jimmie, Jill, Rich, and their Families,

Our thoughts are with each of you in prayer and sincere sympathy, with hearing about the recent loss of Jim.

He was a good person, husband and father, provider for his family.

May you feel strength and compassion, as you share all the wonderful times and memories, that you enjoyed with him.

Again, with sympathy and loving thoughts, from our families to yours.

Ken and Raegene
Katie, Ben and Michael
Kristine, Keith, Collin and Johnathan