April 24, 2017
James Madison Hunsucker, Jr., 94, passed away April 24, 2017 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be held at 11:00 on Friday June 9, 2017 at Pine Rest Cemetery in Robbins. The family will gather at the Fellowship Hall at Tabernacle United Methodist Church following the service.
James was born on December 26,1922 to James Madison Hunsucker and Emma Warner Hunsucker of Robbins. He was the youngest son in a family of 11 children and had just seen his last surviving sister pass away just 5 weeks earlier.
He joined the U.S. Navy during WW II and served as a gunner in the Naval Armed Guard aboard the Francis P. Blair and the Frank H. Dodd in the South Pacific theater. When he returned to Robbins after the war, he met and married the love of his life, Farice Julia Cagle, from Dover, NC in 1948.
James was an electrician by trade and was a member of the IBEW, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 553 for more than 55 years. He moved his family twice to New York, when he found work on many large projects including Rockefeller Center, the George Washington and Verrazano Narrows Bridges and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. He also worked on several nuclear power plants as well as large manufacturing plants on the eastern coast. He was instrumental in obtaining employment in the electrical field of work for several young men in the Robbins area, and always made sure they were hired, in good paying jobs. He was a master storyteller and could deliver the punch line to a joke better than anyone. On job sites he would often entertain a crowd of men with his stories and jokes at lunchtime and was highly thought of and respected by his colleagues. In addition to his work, he was an inventor, as well as a gem and mineral enthusiast . In his later years he stayed active gardening and taking care of his yard and made a mean pot of vegetable soup which he loved to share .
James was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Farice and his son Michael Hunsucker, as well as his brothers: Edgar, Roy, Paul, and Melvin Hunsucker, and his sisters: Gertrude Hussey, Marie Dennis, Dorothy Mason, Margaret Barnes, Viola Hunsucker and Ruth Finley.
He is survived by his children Donna Burrows and husband Philip of Eustice , Florida, Gail Orshal and husband John of Reidsville, NC, James M. Hunsucker III and wife Vicky of Robbins, Teresa Kennedy and husband David of Robbins and Judy Guard and husband Mark of Greensboro, as well as his grandchildren Philip Burrows Jr., Kara Stubbs, James Hunsucker IV, Jennifer Hunsucker Dillon, Jeremy Kennedy, Justin Kennedy, Vincent Martin, Rachel Martin, and Matthew Guard. He also left behind 8 great grandchildren.
Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Hunsucker Family.
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