Francis Duke James Sr.

Published 9:09 am Friday, June 30, 2017

Francis Duke James Sr., 80, of Waynesville, died on June 24, 2017 at The Homestead.

He was born in Mocksville on Sept. 15, 1936, to the late Clarence Bruce Sr. and Laura Grace Sheek James. He and his wife owned and operated Hazelwood Pharmacy for many years. He loved and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and his church family at Faith United Methodist Church.

He is also preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Geraldine Keenum James; his daughter, Carolyn James; brothers, CB “Bo” James Jr., George James Sr., and Bailey James; and his sister, Mary Nell Holman.

Survivors: his son, Duke James Jr.; daughter, Cami James Shelton and husband, Terry; 3 grandchildren, Trey Thompson and wife Morgan, Megan James and (Jeremy Clark), and Gracie Shelton; great-grandchildren, Mason and Clayton Clark; brothers, Jimmie James, Ikey James, Chester James; sister, Cami James; sisters-in-law Wanda James, Cindy James, Carolyn Lonnblad and Clara Keenum; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friend, Puggie.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30  at Faith United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike Rich and John Davis officiating. Burial followed at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family received friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.