James F. Mesimer

Published 11:23 am Monday, August 31, 2020

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James F. Mesimer, 64, died on Aug. 22, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer.

He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was born in Salisbury on May 9, 1956 to the late James A. Mesimer and Mildred C. Williams Mesimer. He was a 1974 graduate of West Rowan High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the close of the Vietnam War and soon after his honorable discharge, began working for the VA Medical Center in Salisbury. He retired at the age of 46 from the Salisbury National Cemetery and spent the latter period of his life prioritizing time with those he held most dear. He did all he could to help a family member or friend in need; those who knew him best will always remember his willingness to help others where and when he could. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0054 of Cooleemee.

Survivors: his son, James Michael “Mitchell” Mesimer of Modesto, Calif.; his sisters, Kathy Blanc of Yanceyville  and Patty Merrell of Oxford; and many nieces, nephews and a great-great-niece.

Her is also preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Kennedy, and asister, Pamela Belik.

Services will be held at the Salisbury National Cemetery, Thursday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.