Angela Wannetta Ijames

Published 10:17 am Friday, February 2, 2024

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Ms. Angela Wannetta Ijames peacefully transitioned into the presence of the Lord, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 at Atrium Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.

Born on Feb. 9, 1964, she was the first born child and daughter of Apostle Nettye Ijames-Barber. She was angelic, as her name depicts, beautiful, lovely and sweet. She brought immense joy to her family, friends and those she encountered.

Educated in the Davie County Schools, Angela graduated from Davie County High School in 1982 in the top 20 percent of her class. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship and attended NC State University in Raleigh.

Angela was born again and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior. A member of New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, she faithfully served as church administrator with the spirit of excellence.   

Angela possessed a kind, pleasant, demeanor and her gift extended outside the church to serve others in the community. She served as the Advisor and Administrator for the Back 2 School Empowerment Initiative and Coordinator for the John Smith Ijames and Nettye Howell Ijames Family Reunion.  In 2012, she was the NAACP’s Mother of the Year. She had a special love for children and was the babysitter for her siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Her most prized possession was her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Franklin Holman and daughter, Ebony Ijames.

Those left to cherish her memories are: her mother, Apostle Nettye Ijames-Barber; 2 beloved children,  son, Don Ijames of High Point, and daughter, Charlese Ijames of Tyro; 7 grandchildren, of which one she raised, Robert Woody of the home, Antwan Sutton, Ayanah Ijames, Josiah Terry, Angela Terry, Ka’den Ijames, Mya Smith; special great-nephew, Jeremy Chamberlain; a special daughter-in -love, Ashley Mitchell; brothers, Derrick Ijames of  Minneapolis, Minn., Bishop Jerry Ijames of High Point; sisters, Yvette Mashore (Greg) of Mocksville, Tamela Tatum (Kerry) of Advance; nephews and nieces, Michael-Chez Mashore (Christy,) Amber Mashore, Keri-Danielle Tatum and Justus Tatum; uncles, Bishop James Ijames and John Calvin Ijames, both of Mocksville; aunts: Rosa Lee Arnold (Jimmy) of Cooleemee, Pastor Sylvia  Mankins of Columbus, Ohio, and Elouise Ijames-Parks of Statesville; special cousins, Vincent and Corey Ijames and Sabrina Pollard (James) of Columbus, Ohio; a devoted friend, Ms. Angela Williamson of Greensboro; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

She lives on in our hearts and leaves a legacy of family, faith, and love.

Services will be Sunday, Feb. 4 at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, Mocksville with visitation at 2 p.m. and the funeral at 3. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Bishop Derek Kelly will officiated and the Rev. Odell Cleveland will be the eulogist.

Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home is assisting the Ijames family. Online condolences: nobleandkelsey.com.