Messiah Moravian Church
1401 N. Peacehaven Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, Feb 17, 2018
Oct 27, 1916 - Jan 21, 2018
Having been born during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson and living through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and having entered into the eleventh decade of life, Niece James passed peacefully into the after life surrounded by family and loved ones on Sunday, January 21. Niece was born on October 27, 1916 in Stokes County, the first child of Willis and Vera Burwell. She was preceded in death by brothers Ralph and G. W. and is survived by two sisters, Zelma Gillespie and Patricia Owens. She is also survived by two sons, Michael of Greensboro and Mark and wife Aime of Stokesdale. Niece loved the outdoors, and her manicured yard was always the envy of her Sherwood Forest neighborhood. For years, she served as a pre-school teacher at Messiah Moravian Church, where she and her husband Harry were charter members. Upon Harry’s death, she was offered a position with the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel , where she would maintain the front counter/welcoming desk of the newspaper. This was a job she loved and where she remained until her retirement 28 years later.
With her husband being an ELK, Niece served as President of the Elk’s Women’s Auxiliary Lodge #449 in Winston-Salem. She loved golf, and being left-handed served as no deterrent to her enthusiasm. To this day, she has saved every scorecard where she managed to break a hundred over 18 holes but only after it stayed on the refrigerator door for at least a week.
Niece loved the water, and especially the sight of the sun setting in the west behind the foothills of Hanging Rock while on Belews Lake in her pontoon boat. In fact, she was proud to be known as the “Mayor of Stoplight Cove” at Carolina Marina. She will be missed by many.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Whitestone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community Care and Wellness Center.
Niece was laid to rest in a solemn ceremony in God’s Acre in Old Salem, the same cemetery where her beloved husband is buried. A joyous Celebration of Life service will be held at Messiah Moravian Church on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials, although not encouraged, if given are asked to be made to the donors’ favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Pat Nifong/Norm Vaden
Niece was a one of a kind lady and loved by many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace sweet lady!
I remember sweet Neice James when I worked in Personnel (Human Resources) at the then, Journal and Sentinel. She was very kind, welcoming, and hospitable to me as a young wife and mother. So happy she lived a long life.
Jetze; Marie-Antoinette and Hanneke BOUMA
Dear Mike and family,
The three of us, my mother Hanneke, my wife Marie-Antoinette and myself are greatfull we have met and known your mother. What a lovely lively lady at that ripe age. We wish you and family a lot of strength and offer any support you may ask for.
Lisa Johnson Stanley
Mark and Mike,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet mother. I have life long memories of her. She was one of my kindergarden teachers at Messiah, and I even have a picture of her with her arm around me cause I didn't want to be in the class picture! I remember her and your father having mom and dad over, while I sat on our screened in porch listening to everyone have fun up at the Jame's. She always greeted me at the Journal with a huge smile when I would come to see dad. I would make a point of entering at the main door so I could see her as well. I will forever remember your family as I pass through our old neighborhood.
God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7, 1 Peter 5:7)
I am sorry to hear of your loss. One of the most difficult things we have to deal with is the death of a loved one. The Bible promise; "God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." The Bible also says; "Throw your burden on God and he will sustain you." (Psalm 34:18 and 55:22) I hope this message offers comfort in your time of sadness.