James Robert Bliss

September 1, 1950 - January 29, 2020
James Robert Bliss


James Robert Bliss, age 69 of Holly Ridge, NC passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center in Wilmington.

Born on September 01, 1950 in Syracuse, NY

Returned to his heavenly home from Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center in Wilmington, NC on 01/29/2020 with love and dignified care of the Life Center’s staff and surrounded by his loving family at time of passing. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Frances Bliss, 5 dear children Jennifer Susan (Steven Stone), Jennifer Elizabeth(Jonathan Swinson), James Timothy (Jennifer Bliss), Rebecca Jean (Keith Watts) and Dawn Nichole, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children. Also surviving him, his sister Chrystal Way from Flagstaff, Arizona, 3 brothers and 5 sisters in New York State with many nieces and nephews. Preceding his death his mother was Edith Scalfaro and father Harold Bliss, grandparents Clinton and Edith Cooper and brother Mark Bliss.

He was a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Marine Corp with his career spanning as an air traffic controller while in the states, a Vietnam veteran, Beirut veteran, and the Silent Drill Team. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Can take a man out of the Marines, but can’t take the Marines out of the man. Semper Fi, Ooh Rah!! After retiring from serving his country he worked with Wrightsville Beach Police Department as a desk officer for many years until he got a calling to serve his Lord with United Methodist Church, was an associate pastor at Oleander United Methodist Church, part-time local pastor at Clarkton and Bluefield UMC. He retired as a full-time local pastor from Fair Haven/ Clarks Bethel United Methodist Churches on Hatteras Island, NC.

He loved crossword puzzles, the rubix cube, and pier fishing and bass fishing. Movie/tv past times were The Andy Griffith shows, old western and biblical movies from the 50’s and 60’s. He enjoyed sweets like gummy bears to snickers, especially after his afternoon naps. It’s just a shame he couldn’t enjoy the sweets fast enough when his children were around. He always made someone laugh and most of the time he wasn’t intentional. That’s the best part! He had a big heart and always wanted his family to be safe and loved no matter where his children lived. Most of all he lived his life loving the Marines, loving his family and loving his God.

Memorial services 11 am Saturday February 1, 2020 at Oleander United Methodist Church 5810 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403. Visitation with family and friends will start at 10 am

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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  • January 31, 2020
    Pat Harmon says:
    Miranda, [Randi], I am so sorry in the loss of your grandfather. May he rest in peace and be with the Angel's up above. Love to you and your family.

  • February 11, 2020
    Richard Brasie says:
    Jim Bliss served God's people as a US Marine in Vietnam combat, as a police officer and a local pastor for the North Carolina United Methodist Church. His pastoral service began at the Oleander United Methodist Church, Wilmington, NC and grew in importance on Cape Hatteras. He was a devoted husband to Francis and children and grandchildren. Jim had an uplifting personality that reached hearts and souls of family and friends. He is now with God for an eternity. May there be comfort for widow, family and friends.

  • February 06, 2020
    Bill and Eunie Powell says:
    We were so sorry to hear about Jim. We enjoyed being with him at Fair Haven and will included all of the family in our prayers. He was a fine man of God.

  • February 02, 2020
    Rev. Gina Miller says:
    Dear Frances, Bruce and I are heartbroken to learn of Jim's passing. He has entered the Church Triumphant and yet we know you and your family are grieving. I thank God for the time we had to know him here on Hatteras Island. I fondly remember all our "Singspirations" together and Jim's corny jokes! God bless you all during this time of great loss. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

  • February 01, 2020
    Barbara Dykeman Thomas says:
    Jim, we know that you are with your Heavenly Father. I remember our good times as friends on Kinnie Street. I thank you for your service to our country and our God.