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YOUNGSTOWN James P. Lottier Sr., a man and friend for all seasons, was born April 18, 1915, in Youngstown, and departed his blessing on March 24, 2011. He was the son of Charles and Icea Lottier.
Mr. Lottier graduated from South High School in 1934 and received his B.S. from Wilberforce University in 1938. During his high school years, Mr. Lottier played Varsity football and basketball. He holds the distinction of being the first African American to play quarterback in the Youngstown public school system. He was selected for the All City Football Teams in 1932 and 1933 and received Honorable Mention on the Ohio All State Football Team in 1933. Mr. Lottier also played Varsity football at Wilberforce University and was selected to the National Negro College All American Team in 1938.
Mr. Lottier was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. Mr. Lottier served as Physical and Program Director of the West Federal Street YMCA from 1946 through 1971; during these years, he was a life changing force in the lives of many young men and women.
Mr. Lottier was employed by the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority from 1971 until his retirement. During this period, he held various positions which included Manager of Westlake Terrace Homes, Social Services Coordinator, General Housing Manager, and Director of Housing Management.
As a community volunteer, Mr. Lottier served as a member of the Mayors Human Relations Committee under former Mayors Anthony Flask and Jack C. Hunter; the Citizens Advisory Committee of Choffin Career Center; Family Life Education for the Youngstown Public Schools; Mahoning County Head Start Parent Advisory Committee and The Casework Practitioners; member of the Board of Directors for The Mahoning County Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Mahoning County Council on Aging, Visiting Nurses Association, and The Easter Seal Society.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lottier received numerous awards, including The United Negro College Fund Distinguished Leadership Award, the YMCA Dedicated Service Award, and he was one of the first elected members of The Ebony Hall of Fame and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lottier was a lifelong member of St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was Mason (Covenant Lodge No. 59), member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and The Roberts Deliberating Club for over 60 years.
Mr. Lottier was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew and his wife, Pauline.
He leaves to cherish his memory, son James P. Lottier Jr.; grandson Michael (Crystal) Lottier; great-grandchildren, Lauren Lottier, Jaron Howell and Kenneth Coleman; nephews Allen (Lilly) Bogan, Hance and Hayden Dennis; three nieces, Judy, Jackie and Jean Dennis; and a host of friends and extended family.
Calling hours will be held on March 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church, 521 W. Earle Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511. The Masonic Lodge will hold a special service at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Going home services will be held March 31, at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. and services starting at 11 a.m.
Professional services of comfort were entrusted to the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.