James Lee Priestly

Published 1:11 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2022

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Mr. James Lee Priestley, 85, of Feed Mill Road, Advance, died Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1936 in Kanawha County, W.Va. to the late Samuel Wilbur and Virginia Moles Priestley.

Mr. Priestley was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was a member of Fork Baptist Church, where he had many friends. He retired as a truck driver and had driven well over 4 million miles accident free. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking and was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Janet Lou Copen, and Carolyn Carnera.

Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Jeanette Holmes Priestley; 5 children, James Michael Priestley (Tami) of Mocksville, Kimberly Priestley Faircloth (Greg) of East Bend, Angela Priestley Eberly (James) of Advance, Jeffrey Lee Priestley (Cathy) of Clemmons, and Karen Priestley Wood (Sean) of Lewisville; 8 grandchildren, Emily Faircloth, Aaron Priestley, Brittany Priestley, Julie Riddle (Kenny), Joshua Faircloth, William Priestley, Nicholas Priestley (Jordin), and Zachary Eberly; 4 great-grandchildren, Mason Spaugh, Ansley Priestley, Ava Priestley, Kali-Mae Riddle, and one on the way; 2 sisters, Sharon Harding of Virginia, and Anne Noah of Florida;  a brother, Samuel W. Priestley (Anita) of West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 17 at Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Garrett officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at Eaton Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for: Fork Baptist, 3140 US 64 East, Mocksville, NC 27028.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.