Carol Sue James


Carol Sue James died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 7 at 9:45 am at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. In mere moments she went from joking with the technician to praising her Savior.

Born in Bud, WV Feb 3, 1942, she was the only daughter of Velmer and Delma McKinney (both deceased) of Mullens, WV. She married Kenneth Duke James (deceased) of Crab Orchard, WV in 1964. She is survived by her brother, Vernon Hurt, of Rowlett, Texas. She is also survived by her son, Kenneth Duke James, Jr., her daughter-in-law, Stacey Sue James, and her grandchildren, Joshua Haddon James and Anna Elizabeth James, all of Mebane, NC.

Carol Sue graduated valedictorian from Mullens High School in 1959, received her bachelor's degree from WVU in 1963, and later received a master's degree from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. A career school teacher, she taught in Virginia Beach, VA and in Mullens, WV. She primarily taught math, having many students receive awards in state competitions. She also led activities such as gymnastics, field hockey, tennis, and chess. She moved from Mullens to Mebane in 2010 to be near her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, much to their delight.

Carol Sue's life was characterized by her amazing devotion to family and her sacrificial giving of herself and of gifts. She loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and would often sing praises to Him in her home until COPD limited her ability to do this. She loved Christmas, making over a dozen different kinds of cookies and treats because family had different favorites.

The funeral/memorial service will be held in the mausoleum at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, WV at 1:00 Saturday, May 18, 2019. Instead of flowers, people are asked to send a donation in her honor to Bradford Academy, 939 S Third Street, Mebane, NC 27302.
Published on May 15, 2019
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Charlotte Scott
May 18, 2019
What a joy it was to work with you and share our guidance office together. I loved every moment of getting to know you, of sharing your Mom’s macaroni salad, and hearing you call her every morning to chat wit her. You were a devoted daughter, and a great friend. Thank you for enriching my lofe
Mae Hurt
May 17, 2019
When 6::30 comes we still expect your call.. We miss you so much.. We know it won't be long befor we are together again..
Becky. Cook
May 17, 2019
So very sorry. She was a neighbor and classmate when we were growing up. Prayers for the family.
Christy Canada Lafferty
May 16, 2019
Sad to hear of her passing. A beautiful, graceful lady. Mrs James was a true blessing to all her students. Praying for the family and her friends. May our Lord comfort and strengthen her loved ones !!
Kenneth Duke James, Jr.
May 16, 2019
Mother, your love for us was incredible . . . and instructional. You had your priorities right. We are happy for you. Congratulations! You finished well and are now with your Savior, Jesus Christ. We miss you terribly, but look forward to seeing you again. Joy, joy, joy!