James Alton Leigh, 86, of Wilmington formerly of Snow Hill died Wednesday June 17, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with his family at his side.
James was born in Loris, SC January 26, 1923 the son of the late Thomas Rhosier and Mattie Hardee Leigh. He was also preceded in death by his wife Doris Thomas Leigh; grandson Howard Keith Herring; brothers Arthur and Thomas Leigh; sister Melvedean Strickland. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Kinston and retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Surviving are daughters Phyllis T. Cox and Richard Johnson of Wilmington; Joyce T. Warren and husband Michael ; Teresa T. Norris and husband Speedy; Betty Gail Leigh Klouser and husband Bayliss all of Loris SC; brother Lavern Leigh and wife Faye of Whiteville; sisters Ilene Smithart and Lenona Suggs both of Loris SC. Seven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren.
The family will see friends from 10AM Saturday until service time at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service Chapel Snow Hill where services will be conducted 11:00 A.M Saturday June 20, 2009. Conducting the service will be Reverend Willis Pearson. Burial will follow in Snow Hill Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com
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