Dr. James Race

December 6, 1928 – July 8, 2021

Dr. James Race, Jr. made his transition on the morning of July 8, 2021 in Houston, Texas. He was a pillar in his community – dedicated to Texas Southern University and the TSU Debate team, devoted to his church, Mt. Horem Baptist Church and committed to his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. He was a great and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:


Mt. Horem Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, in honor of Dr. James and Elsie Race

P.O. Box 15112

Houston, Texas 77220


Dr. James Race, Jr. Endowment


Elsie M. Race Endowment

Texas Southern University

Office of Development

3100 Cleburne St.

Hannah Hall 206

Houston, Texas 77004


Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM  (10:30 AM Alpha Phi Alpha Omega Services)

Good Hope Baptist Church, 3015 North MacGregor Way, Houston, Texas 77004

Funeral Service:

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM -1:00 PM (live streaming  available at goodhope.org)

Good Hope Baptist Church, 3015 North MacGregor Way, Houston, Texas 77004

(Masks and social distancing followed due to church Covid protocols)

Private repast at family home


Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038

3 entries.
Brenda Sanders Dede Brenda Sanders Dede from Clarion, Pennsylvania wrote on September 19, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Just learned about the passing of Dr. Race. I worked for him and with him for many years at Texas Southern. He influenced my career in higher education. A great man. Continued prayer for his family. Brenda Sanders Dede, Ed.D. TSU ‘75, ‘85, ‘91
Phyllis Williams Merchant Phyllis Williams Merchant from Stafford wrote on August 22, 2021 at 6:28 pm
I just learned of Dr. Race transitioning. I worked for him at Texas Southern University for many years and am saddened to learn of this. He made a great impact on my life and I still adhere to his advice. Continued prayers for family and friends.
Jolie and Caleb Jolie and Caleb from Plano,TX wrote on July 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm
We would like to express our sorrow and condolences to you and your family.