James Cuffee, a longtime Rockaway resident, died February 29.
Cuffee was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served in World War II. Cuffee was a member of the male choir at St. John’s Baptist Church of Rockaway Beach.
Cuffee was preceded in death by his daughter, Edna Kearney and her husband, Robert.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie; brother, Charles; children, Mary (Daniel), Linda and Willie (Renae); grandchildren, Bristel (Larry), Cristel (Kenneth), Robert, Tyrice, Antwon, Melonie, Sydell, Natural, and Storm; great-grandchildren, Damion, KaNiya, Starr, Vernita, Sequoyah, Sekhiyah, Richard, Taiquan, Deja, Elijah, Unija and Messiah; and greatgreat-grandchildren, Caleb and Robert.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.