The obituary of James Thomas.

Wilson Daily Times, 24 September 1943.


On 23 October 1923, James Thompson [sic], 24, of Wilson, son of Isaac and Lizzie Thompson, married Ora Bunch, 23, of Wilson, daughter of Ned and Malissie Bunch, at Ned Bunch’s residence. Missionary Baptist minister Fred M. Davis performed the ceremony in the presence of Mina Crawford, H.D. Beckwith, and Paul Hargrove.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 526 Lodge, wood sawer James Thomas, 29; wife Ora, 28; and children Mary, 4, and William, 2.

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Thomas James (c; Ora) driver h 524 S Lodge

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 524 South Lodge, owned and valued at $2000, grocery store merchant James Thomas, 41; wife Ora, 38; and children Mary E., 14, William H., 12, and Williard, 11.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 524 Lodge, James Thomas, 50, truck driver for own fish business, and wife Ora, 46, tobacco factory laborer.

James Thomas died 22 September 1943 in Goldsboro, Fork township, Wayne County, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was about 54 years old; was born in Wilson County; was married to Ora Thomas; lived at 524 Lodge Street, Wilson; worked as a tobacco factory laborer; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery [probably Vick Cemetery], Wilson. [Note, however, that there is a double headstone for James and Ora Bunch Thomas in Rest Haven Cemetery.]

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