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William (Bill) James - Boiling Spring Lakes

William (Bill) James, 83, died peacefully on October 27, 2012.

Bill was born on November 9, 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois to the late Mae and Walter James. His brother, Robert, and sister, Caroe, preceded him in death.

Bill graduated from the Chicago Art Institute with a BFA. Early in his career, he illustrated five books. Bill was an Art Director for Advertising Agencies in Chicago and Winston-Salem, NC. His work was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, Louise Cameron, and in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and many other cities in Southeastern North Carolina. In retirement he was known for his watercolor paintings which were often displayed in Southport’s Franklin Gallery. He was a lifetime member of the NC Watercolor Society, Franklin Square Gallery, and Chicago Artists guild. Throughout his life he won numerous awards, including the Sally T. Griffin Memorial Award.

Bill enjoyed fishing, as well as golf in his younger years. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan. Bill was also known for his quick wit and tireless sense of humor. He was a supportive and loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joan; his son, William Scott James and wife Tonya; his daughters, Maria Brietta Nagem, Nancy Carolyn Schneller and husband Keith, Wendy James Gulley and husband, Ned, and Amy James Greer and husband, Todd. Along with his children, he is survived by his nine grandchildren, Scott James, Payton James, Drew James, Rachel Nagem, Christian Schneller, Jay Gulley, Carolyn Gulley, Hannah Greer, and Bergen Greer. He is also survived by his brother, Jack James.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Fl, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Southport Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1025 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


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