Harry S. James, Jr., 93 born December 7, 1923 in Weeksville died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. He was the son of the late Harry S. James, Sr. and Vertley Trueblood James. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a member of Salem Baptist Church. Harry served his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater, and then as a drill instructor. He was a Purple Heart recipient. After the war, Harry returned to North Carolina to farm his Daddy’s land and marry his sweetheart Lela Cartwright, to whom he was a devoted husband for 68 years. Harry and Lela enjoyed dancing at the VFW where he was a faithful member. They also enjoyed visiting with friends and family in North Carolina and in Winter Haven, Florida where Harry was a member of the American Legion. Even as they grew older and their health began to fail, they never wanted to be too far from each other.
In addition to his wife, Lela, he is survived by two daughters, Diane Barclift and Connie Thornley and husband, Frankie all of Elizabeth City; a sister, Frances James Meads and husband Fred of Elizabeth City; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; and a cousin, Alma Cartwright. He was predeceased by, two brothers, Norman Cecil James and Aubrey Lee James and two sisters, Marjorie James Bright and Delores James Sawyer.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Twiford Memorial Chapel officiated by Rev. Jim Richland and with military honors provided by the William Clarence Jackson Post # 6060. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the lobby of the funeral home following the service and at all other times at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frankie Thornley, 1190 Folley Road, Elizabeth City. Flowers are welcome however family suggest donations be made to the VFW Post #6060 Honor Guard, 1433 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the James family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
Twiford Funeral Home (Elizabeth City)
405 East Church Street
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