Kingswood United Methodist Church
6840 University Parkway, Rural Hall, NC 27045
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
Jun 19, 1933 - Sep 23, 2018
James Newton Ziglar, Jr., DDS, 85, of 7940 Simmons Road, Rural Hall, a lifetime resident of Forsyth County, died at Forsyth Memorial Hospital Sunday, September 23, following a brief illness.
Dr. Ziglar was born June 19, 1933, the only child of James Newton Ziglar Sr. and Katie Pearl Stuckey Ziglar Tickle. He graduated from Appalachian State University and after serving in the US Army Dental Corps at Fort Jackson, South Carolina earned a degree in dentistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963. He practiced dentistry in Stanleyville for 40 years.
He married Barbara Elizabeth Cook, a native of Rural Hall, December 22, 1955 at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City. She preceded him in death in February 2015. He is survived by his four children, Katie Marie Ziglar of Chapel Hill (Dickinson Jenkins Miller); Kelly Ziglar Clay of Raleigh; Susan Kimberly Ziglar, MD, of Moyock; and James Newton Ziglar, III of Winston-Salem and grandchildren, Langdon James Clay (25) and Carson Elizabeth Clay (21) of Raleigh.
Dr. Ziglar was known for many civic activities. He served as a Forsyth County Commissioner from 1976 to1988, chairing the commission from late 1980 through 1983. An editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal from December 1988 said, “Ziglar’s legacy is his belief that more is accomplished by compromise than confrontation. It’s a legacy to value.” He was most proud to serve as the Commissioner Representative for the Advisory Committee of Reynolds Health Center as he recognized the critical importance of public health for our community. During his tenure the center thrived. He was on the board of Tanglewood Park Advisory Board, the Z Smith Reynolds Airport Authority, Winston-Salem Civil Ventures Advisory Board, Forsyth Council for Children & Families, Piedmont Triad Horzions, Yadkin River Commission and the Board of Commercial and Farmers Bank, later named First Citizens. He was a lifetime member of the Forsyth County Democratic Party and Kingswood United Methodist Church.
A gentleman farmer, Dr. Ziglar raised cattle, horses and a motley assortment of other animals. He enjoyed sport fishing, bird hunting and riding and breeding Tennessee Walking horses. After retirement in 2002, Dr. Ziglar relished traveling, visiting his children and grandchildren, watching his granddaughter ride competitively, woodworking, gardening and spending time at his beach house.
The Ziglar children express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to their father’s loving caregivers: Judy Robinson, Cierra Brown, Susan Willis, and Donna Thompson.
A celebration of Dr. Ziglar’s life will be held Friday, October 12 at 2:00 at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Rural Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC’s Ackland Art Museum (Campus Box 3400, Chapel Hill, NC 27599), School of the Arts (1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127) and School of Dentistry (385 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599).
Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.
My Condolences to the family, I knew James all my life as he was my dentist as a child growing up.
I remember seeing him when he was a commissioner for Forsyth County.
As I remember he always had a welcoming smile.
He is in a much better place, my best to the family, stay strong and God Bless.
We are so sorry to learn of the death of Jim. We came to know each other years ago when (Mike and I) were both involved in politics in the 1980s. What a fine, fine leader, dentist, family leader, and community leader he was.
Janet and I regret so much that we cannot attend his funeral services.
Godspeed to a very fine man.
Janet and Mike Wells
Gone but not forgotten . Great man. Sorry for your loss.
Kay Goforth Calzolari
Some of my earliest memories are of going to Dr. Ziglar's office. He was always a kind, patient man whom we looked up to. Prayers for peace and comfort.
I have fond memories and great respect for Dr. Ziglar. I know this is a huge loss to the family and especially to Susan. All of the Ziglar family will be in my prayers during this time of sadness. Just remember all of the good things you remember most about your Dad are now in you.
Gregory Tuttle, M. D.
I have so many fond memories of Dr. Ziglar and his dental expertise through the many years I saw him in his office. During a time in Medical School in Chapel Hill I came back to see him in W/S where he made the astute diagnosis of acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (aka "trench mouth"), a diagnosis I'll never forget! He offered excellent care to my mother, Becky, and my brother, Glenn, as well. I know you have a huge hole in your heart with his passing, but trust God will comfort all of the family during these sad days. Becky Barr(wife) and I will keep you in our prayers that He will walk with you in the days ahead.