On January 19, 1974, James Matthew Moten, Jr. was born to the parentage of James Moten, Sr., and Avis Lamb in Mami, FL. James accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, FL. He embraced everyone he encountered with his beautiful smile that left a lasting impression.
James graduated from Skyline High School where he started his military journey in the ROTC. After high school, James became a competitive body builder and joined the United State Army. He served for over seven years, beginning as a cook, a logistics officer, then earned the rank of Captain and served two tours in Iraq. Captain James Matthew Moten, Jr. was Commander of Bravo Forward Company and commanded from June 2004 – Aug 2005. He returned from combat with every soldier, providing exceptional meritorious service during combat, stability operations in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
James valued education and encouraged others to pursue their education as well. After leaving the United States Army, James continued his education obtaining eight degrees: a Bachelor Degree from the University of Tampa, Master Degree in Business Administration from Cameron University School of Business, Master Degree in Acquisition and Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology, Master Degree in Economics from Texas A&M University Commerce, Master Degree in Finance from Texas A&M University Commerce, Doctorate in Business Administration from Northcentral University, Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University Commerce and a Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University. He also holds various licenses and certifications, Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Mutual Funds Counselor (CMFC) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).
James was a professor at several colleges over the years and was currently flourishing at The American College of Financial Services as an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master of Science in Financial Planning. He was also instrumental in developing the college’s first-ever graduate program roadmap. James was also a diverse author and wrote Financial Planning for Poor People, Common Finance & Financial Literacy, Introductory Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management, James MoBike Coloring Books and co-author of Overcoming Obstacles: Experiences of Black Financial Services Professionals which are available on Amazon.
James also enjoyed the energetic and peaceful rides on his bike with the Cycling Community. Cycling created the vision of establishing Clipt’N with his co-founders, opening the door of diversifying the sport of cycling for everyone.
James loved his family and leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Cindy Moten; parents, James and Avis Brown; children, Javonte Moten, JaVarius Moten, Jania Moten and step-daughter, Zjoinea Former; siblings, Daniel (Tahnya) Brown, Jamesa Brown, Lazarius (Jametha) Moten, Hodari (Lois) Moten, Heshima Moten, James (Bianca) Moten III, Ja’Kayla Moten, Michael (Kihinde) Moten, Ana (Terry) Taylor and Nigel Moten; uncle, Edward (Cheryl) Moten; aunts, Cheryl Lamb, Stephanie Lamb, Patricia Jordan, Latanya Washington, Jacqua Williams, Marjorie Brown, Carolyn (David) Moore and Cassandra (Chris) Childs and a host of other family and friends.
Preceding him in death, sister, Sahneia Moten; grandparents, Lucious and Lenora Lamb, John and Vyrle Brown and James and Leona Scott; uncles, Johnny Lamb, Sr. and Jimmy Taylor; and aunt, Shirley Maxwell.
Also included amongst the deceased is his son, JaVeon Moten.
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