James Wilbur “JW” Burriss, Jr.

February 3, 1937 - January 15, 2015
James Wilbur “JW” Burriss, Jr.

James Wilbur “JW” Burriss, Jr. age 77 of Wilmington passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015.

He was born in Wilmington on February 3, 1937 the son of James Wilbur Burriss, Sr. and Dainie Edens Burriss.

JW was a member of United Advent Christian Church. He served in the US Navy and then became a professional firefighter with a 20 year career at Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point as well a volunteer at Myrtle Grove Fire Department where he retired after 20 years as well.

JW was a man of many talents, including welding, woodworking, as well as fixing and driving race cars. The best that could be said of him is that he was a strong Christian who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dale Watts Burriss; son, James Wendell Burriss and wife Lisa; grandchildren, James Brock Burriss and Jamie Prince Walden; great grandchildren, Jade Walden, McKenzie Walden, and Ethan Burriss; brother, Robert Larry Burriss and wife Norma.

Remembered is his son, James Keith Burriss; daughter Phyllis Burriss, and nephew David L. Burriss who preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 12 noon Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at United Advent Christian Church, 4912 S. College Road officiated by Rev. Sam Worley

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There will be a time of visitation at the church beginning at 11 am until the time of the services.

At the request of the family memorial gifts may be given in memory of JW to the United Advent Christian Church Benevolent Fund, 4912 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • January 18, 2015
    Bob & Glenda says:
    We share in this time of sorrow with you. JW was a true friend and we'll miss his humor, kindness, and Christian love. Dale and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Bob & Glenda

  • January 18, 2015
    Betty Schupp says:
    Dale and Family, I am so sorry to hear that JW had fallen sick and left us. He was a good man ,A godly man, he loved the lord and family and friends, He was always strong and thoughtful of , or for others. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • January 19, 2015
    Becky Hines says:
    Dale and Family, I am very saddened by your loss. J.W. was one of the sweetest and finest men He will be greatly missed! We love you, Becky and ArnoldN

  • January 19, 2015
    Billy and Karen Hines says:
    It was an honor to know J. W., he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our love and prayers to the family.

  • January 20, 2015
    Bob Glenn says:
    Jimmy, sorry to hear about your dad.