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James Corbett Elias, 29, of Richmond, Va., a Greyhound coach operator, died Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2001) in a traffic accident in Buffalo.

A Jamestown native, he was a graduate of McKinley High School and the New York Institute of Technology.

He lived in the Buffalo area from 1973 to 1995, when he relocated to Richmond. In 1996, he went to work for Greyhound Lines as a motor coach operator.

He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's Mu Omega chapter and the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union. He was listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students" and won Greyhound's safe motor coach operator award for five consecutive years.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashanti of Buffalo and Lakaija of Richmond; his parents, Rose A. of Buffalo and James of Jamestown; and his grandmothers, Sarah Roberson of Buffalo and Ollie of Jamestown.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, 174 E. Eagle St. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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