Michael Anthony James

Posted at 2:46 PM on Oct 10, 2019

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Mr. Michael Anthony James, 64, of 392 Mt. Bethel Road, Harmony, N.C., was born in Washington, D. C., on April 22, 1955. He was the son of Vera Speaks James and the late Harold James. He departed this life on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem following an extended illness.

He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Union Grove where, he served faithfully for many years, serving on the Usher Board and the Senior Choir. He served with the United States Army and was honorably discharged and also retired from the Army.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Timothy James and David James; and a son, Michael James Jr.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, in addition to his mother, Vera Speaks James of the home, one son, Matthew (Lori) James of Taylorsville; seven nieces and nephews, Tricia Lynn (Anthony) Chambers, who was raised in the home as his sister, of Harmony, Tervera James of Odenton, Md., TaKia (Derrick) Coates of Annapolis, Md., David James Jr. of New York, Raven James of New York, Trenisha C. James of Hyattsville, Md., and Tamar L. James (Jamal) Minor of Hyattsville, Md.; several aunts and uncles, Vernice James of Alexandria, Va., Henry (Carolyn) Speaks of Harmony, Brisco (Estelle) Speaks of Maryland, Geneva Dalton and Jackie Speaks, both of Harmony, and Judy (Luther) Morris of Lanham, Md.; a special friend and godbrother, Reverend Carl (Bobbietta) Payne; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family, neighbors and dear friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Union Grove. Reverend Carl Payne will officiate and burial will follow in the Church Cemetery with Military Rites. Mr. James will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 11:30 a.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 12 until 1 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. James at www.rutledgeandbigham.com

Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the James Family.

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