Virginia Johnson James

Virginia Johnson James

Virginia Adeline Johnson James, 96, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Accordius at Wilkesboro.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Roaring River Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:45-1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Mrs. James was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Wilkes County to James Franklin Johnson and Esther Mathis Johnson. She was married to Joseph Beckley James for 67 years. She retired from Chatham Manufacturing after over 40 years. She was also a member of Roaring River Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. James was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Beckley James; five sisters, Hattie Douthit, Marie Johnson, Ruth Tharpe, Velma Tevepaugh and Annie Lee Jennings; and a brother, James “Walter” Johnson.

She is survived by a daughter, Mitzi Parnell and husband, Jason, of Roaring River; a son, Wayne James and wife, Deborah, of Yadkinville; four grandchildren, Matthew James of Yadkinville, Tiffany James Poteat of Morganton, Stacy Martin and wife, Katie, of Roaring River and Lindsay Martin of Roaring River. She is survived by seven great-grandchildren, Jackson Poteat and Sophia Poteat, both of Morganton; Brody Martin, Gracie Martin, Ellie Berryman and Beckley Martin, all of Roaring River; and Amber James of Yadkinville.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Roaring River Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 363 Roaring River, N.C., 28669, or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Mount Airy, N.C., 27030.

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