James suffered a very painful three month battle with pancreatic cancer leaving us for a better life on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He is preceded in death by his parents John Patrick Munroe, Jr. and Eula Jaye Cook Munroe. His wife, Tina Benton Munroe preceded him in death just 4 months ago.
Surviving are his grandson, Alex Thomas of the home; step-sons Nathan and Seth Thomas, and Tommy and Charles Justice; brother-in-law, James Hammond; and siblings John Munroe, III (Georgia) and Jeria Coleman (Steve).
James served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and returned home to begin a life of service in the Brunswick and Columbus County communities. He served as a member of the Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire Rescue Department and was a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and a certified chemical operator taking early retirement from DuPont.
He took great pleasure in being called “Popa James” and providing guidance to those he encountered seeking advice or a few words of wisdom. He took great pride in planning and successfully preparing a fishing pond that was a place for solace and wished that more time with family and friends had been spent together at the pond.
He left a few notes on his phone to sum up his life as “We do the best we can with what we have” and “Life is Good.”
A memorial service will be held at Riegelwood Baptist Church, 103 Hwy 87, Riegelwood, NC this Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 pm with visitation and reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution made to Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire Rescue Department, 100 John Riegel Road, Riegelwood, NC 28456.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099