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Helen F. James

September 3, 1935 ~ August 4, 2019 (age 83)
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Helen F. James (Woodland Beach)

September 3, 1935 to August 4, 2019

Helen passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Born in Virginia to Perry and Bessie Mae Short, Helen loved nature.  She particularly saw the wonderment in beautifully shaped shade trees, colorful flowers, billowing clouds, and all of God’s creatures.

Helen is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy James Sr; her three children, Roy James Jr. (Sheila) of Smyrna; Phyllis Cox (Rick) of Clayton; Randy James (Kelly) of Clayton; her brother Marvin “Tiny” Short of West Virginia; sisters Delores Thomas of Middletown, and Gaylene Justus (Hassel) of Virginia; Dixie Musselwhite, her best childhood friend for 71 years of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Brandon James (Kristen) of Hartly; Robin James (Alex) of Clayton; and Rachel James of Clayton; two great grandchildren, Braiden James and Jacob Balbuena; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family who were very dear to her heart.

Helen was a homemaker for most of her life, but later in life, she and her family were very proud of her accomplishment at becoming a Certified Nurses’ Assistant.  Helen worked for a period of time at the nursing home Westminster Village where she was well loved and respected by fellow staff members and especially the patients.  Helen was most proud of her children and grandchildren and considered them her greatest accomplishments.

A viewing will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 10am to 11am in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main Street in Smyrna. Funeral services will begin at 11am. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna.

Arrangements are by Faries Funeral Home and Crematorium.


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