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James R. Radford, Jr.
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Obituary for James R. Radford, Jr.

Kinston-James R. Radford, Jr., 90, of Kinston, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018. James was born November 29, 1927 in Lenoir County to the late James Radford, Sr. and Rosa Carter Radford. His wife and best friend of 43 years, Josephine Stanley Hart Radford, preceded him in death on May 10, 2016.

James proudly served his country for twenty years in the United States Army. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He later retired from Caswell Center where he worked as a house parent and teacher.

A man of strong faith, James was a longtime member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Time spent in the Bible daily guided him through life. James was one who never met a stranger and always looked forward to meeting new people.

He enjoyed traveling and driving through the countryside. A good breakfast from the Piggly-Wiggly or dinner from the Sandpiper always brought a smile to James. He enjoyed the challenges of a good crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

A service to celebrate the life of James Radford will be held Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:00 at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

James is survived by two daughters, Linda Shelton and husband, John, and Patricia Carlton and husband, Martin; five grandchildren, John Shelton, Greg Shelton, Cammy Shelton, James Stancil and Virginia Knight; twelve great-grandchildren, Gage, Ashlyn, Savannah, Lauren, Ansley, Abigail, Isabelle, Brittany, Dylan, Jessica, Nicholas and Nathan; two step-children, Michael S. Hart, and Pam Rich and husband, Melvin; step-grandchild, Matthew Thomas Rich; brother, Cecil and wife, Anna; and a sister, Olive. A son, James Allen Radford; and a sister, Lucille Hill, also preceded James in death.
Family and friends will be received Monday from 1-2 p.m. at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Memorials may be made to Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, 1936 Banks School Road, Kinston, NC 28504. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

4

Jun

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

1936 Banks School Road
Kinston, NC 28504

Service

Monday

4

Jun

2:00 PM
Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

1936 Banks School Road
Kinston, NC 28504

Cemetery Details

Location

Pinelawn Memorial Park

4488 HIghway 70 West
Kinston, NC 28504

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