James Thomas Hussey

james hussey

Family and friends it is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved patriarch, James Thomas Hussey, on Friday, September 29, 2023. He was blessed to be home with the comfort of his family and surrounded by the people and things that he cherished.

He spent 87 years here with us and all of them were in service to God, his family and his community. After retiring as Vice President of Tarheel Paving Company in 1987, he went to work for the City of High Point where he retired as the supervisor of Ingleside Compost Facility. 

Retirement didn’t suit him. So he decided to go back to college to study art and writing. There was really nothing he didn’t do well and with complete dedication and determination. 

He was a master genealogist and loved studying, documenting and sharing his lineage with any and everyone who showed an interest. He was driven and competitive which led him to participate in bowling leagues and the Senior Olympics of High Point where he would humbly, “clean house”, with every game. His quiet voice and humble nature led him to be loved and respected by everyone that was blessed to know him.

He served God first in all he did and always found his way to a leadership role as a teacher and proud servant of God. He was a master teacher and sage of wisdom. He was the most forgiving man you will ever meet. 

Please take a moment of reflection to celebrate his life here on Earth and to rejoice with us for his family reunion which we are sure include his very own pan of Cora’s persimmon pudding and a competitive game of horseshoes with his brothers Johnny and Jerry. 

James is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Hussey and father Oscar Billy Hussey (Ossie) as well as his sisters: Rachel, Blanche, Cora and his brothers, Johnny and Jerry. 

He is survived by sisters, Estelle, Grace and Louvene, his best girl, Kathie, and his first wife, Annette, and mother of his 3 children, Pamela and husband Dennis, Brian,  Mindy and husband, Travis; grandchildren:, James, Ben, Nick, Jessica, Cash; 14 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grand-children (all of whom he made sure were wrapped in the loving comfort of a hand-made, “sisters” quilt; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Funeral Services will be at 3:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Smyrna  Church, with Reverend Farrell Hussey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2:00 PM.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Hussey family.

Condolences on line at pinesfunerals.com


Funeral Service: October 7, 2023 3:00 pm

Smyrna Church
203 Smyrna Church Road
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Blessed to have met and known James (papa) as our neighbor. He kept me amazed till his last day on this earth. Prayers for all of his family to have comfort and peace and cherish every memory of this Amazing Man . Love and prayers to all .

  2. Wish I had the opportunity to have met him!
    Rest in Peace
    Lawrence (Larry) Phillips
    5th Cousin

  3. Condolences to all of the family and friends during this difficult time. Wishing you all peace and comfort.

  4. Kathie Hedrick & Hussey Family,
    James will surely be missed here are Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church. Although I only knew him for a short time, it was a joy seeing his smiling face when you entered the room. May you find comfort in knowing that James was spreading some Jesus joy wherever he went. May the Lord bless and keep you in perfect peace and comfort you during your time of sorrow. Rest in PEACE!

    Yvonne Simrel
    Trinity Memorial UMC
    Administrative Asst.

  5. I bowled with James for years in the Friendly Club bowling league. James was a very nice man and always had a smile on his face he would all ways say hello and give you a hug and ask how you are doing. He will be truly missed. Prayers for family at this difficult time
    Dee Poston

  6. He was the best Godpapa a girl could ever have. Uncle James, I had so much more to say but you know now and I hope I made you proud. I thank you for everything and thank you for always being there. Hug my daddy ,(Jim Matthews,)and my brother Wayne. I picture you and daddy playing cards in heaven right now. Tell tell him I love him and BET IT ALL! You two behave and watch over Katie ma and me. love you always. Thank you for loving me

  7. Worked with him 40 plus yrs. ago at Piedmont Natural Gas. A great guy to work for and know has family also…………

  8. I am sending my condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss of such a great man. My dear sister, Mindy and brother, Travis, I am so very sad that I am not there with you, to hug you and just be there for you at this trying time. It is very hard losing a loved one, as I lost the love of life of cancer, and then Dad, Harry…but I am happy that your Dad is now in a wonderful place. He is having a much better life now that we all wish we could have here on earth at this time, praise God. I love you very much and will see you soon as I possibly can when I am home. Love you, your sista, Teresa

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