William (Bill) James – Boiling Spring Lakes


William (Bill) James, 83, died peacefully on October 27, 2012.

Bill was born on November 9, 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois to the late Mae and Walter James.  His brother, Robert, and sister, Carol, preceded him in death.

Bill graduated from the Chicago Art Institute with a BFA.  Early in his career, he illustrated five books.  Bill was an Art Director for Advertising Agencies in Chicago and Winston-Salem, NC.  His work was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, Louise Cameron, and in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and many other cities in Southeastern North Carolina.  In retirement he was known for his watercolor paintings which were often displayed in Southport’s Franklin Gallery.  He was a lifetime member of the NC Watercolor Society, Franklin Square Gallery, and Chicago Artists guild.  Throughout his life he won numerous awards, including the Sally T. Griffin Memorial Award.

Bill enjoyed fishing, as well as golf in his younger years.  He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan.  Bill was also known for his quick wit and tireless sense of humor.  He was a supportive and loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joan; his son, William Scott James and wife Tonya; his daughters, Maria Brietta Nagem, Nancy Carolyn Schneller and husband Keith, Wendy James Gulley and husband, Ned, and Amy James Greer and husband, Todd.  Along with his children, he is survived by his nine grandchildren, Scott James, Payton James, Drew James, Rachel Nagem, Christian Schneller, Jay Gulley, Carolyn Gulley, Hannah Greer, and Bergen Greer.  He is also survived by his brother, Jack James.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Fl, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Southport Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1025 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

You may make online memorials at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.



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  1. Shanetta Wood says:


    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything that you need or that I can help do.

    Love ya,

  2. Theresa Bowling says:

    So sorry for your lost. Praying for you and your family.

    love,Theresa,Bradley,Kyle and McKenzie

  3. Emily Giles says:

    We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful father! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything that we can do for you.
    Love always,
    Emily, Ian and Noah

  4. Richardson says:

    James and Greer Families-
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Richardson Family

  5. Kristin says:

    Dear Amy, Todd & girls,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find solace as you gather together with your family to remember your father. Our prayer is that you are able to find moments of joy during the grief as you remember the man he was and how he will always be a part of you.
    Praying for peace,
    Kristin & Jason

  6. Carlos Almeida says:

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing, I am sure he will be missed; it’s never easy to accept the loss of a parent. Our prayers go to you and your family. Carlos and Hilda Almeida

  7. Penny Prettyman says:

    What a generous, witty, and talented artist Bill was. I will miss him.
    Penny Prettyman

  8. Kevin Prioleau says:

    Maria I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know he meant a lot to you. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May his memory be eternal.

  9. Connie and Phillip Sapp says:

    To Joan and the girls
    We’re sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We have many memories of your living here in Winston Salem and your membership at Bethabara Moravian Church. We have thought of your family often and the times we had. We will keep you in our prayers and share his passing with the church family. God Bless
    Connie and Phillip Sapp

  10. Joy Brann says:


    We are so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. Please know that we are thinking of you, Todd, the girls and your whole family. Our condolences and prayers go out to you.

    Joy and Chris

  11. Meg O'Leary says:

    Wendy, Ned, Jay and Carolyn,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    With our deepest sympathy, Meg, Mike, Grace and Lima

  12. Doug Buckalew says:

    Nancy, Wendy & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I am sorry for your loss.

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