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Celebrating the life of....James "Willie" Stukes

Family Gathering: 301 Reid Street

Thomasville, NC 27360

Public Visitation: Friday, July 31, 2020

1:00 - 6:00 pm

S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

Funeral Service: Saturday, August 1, 2020

2:00 pm

S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

110 Highland Avenue

Thomasville, NC 27360


Born December 21, 1946 in Clarendon County, South Carolina to lovely Mary Emma Stukes Montgomery and the late James Stukes. James was educated in the Clarendon County school system, where he graduated with the Class of 1966, at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, SC. Later James decided to move to North Carolina, he was the first person out of his family to leave South Carolina.

James affectionately known to his family as “Uncle Bookie” but to his friends and the community of Thomasville, he was known as “Piggly Wiggly.” James was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, who loved his family more than anything. He was a man a few words, but what he did said he would do, you could count on it. He was a kind hearted, loving man, who did anything for anyone. James was also a jokester; he adored making people laugh. He was a mechanic, and a phenomenal caretaker for his wife over the years. His most enjoyable hobby was collecting junk. Someone else’s trash was his treasure. James had a major sweet tooth. He loved his desserts and Pepsi.

On Friday, July 24, 2020, life’s earthly journey for James Willie Stukes came to a quiet close at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington, North Carolina where his heavenly journey began.

James was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Hattie Mae Johnson; two brothers Harry and James Lee Montgomery, and a special cousin, Matra Montgomery Matthews.

Surviving to cherish fond and precious memories of him are his wife, Sarah Stukes of Thomasville, NC, his mother Mary E. Montgomery; three sisters; Ree Gloria Canty of Thomasville, NC, Flossie (Willie) Robinson and Harristine Donnell both of Manning, SC. One aunt, Rosa Lee Copper of Manning ,SC. Four sisters-in-law, Willie Mae Montgomery, Vergie Coard, Mary Nichols, and Liza Hawell; four brothers-in-law, Jack (Ida Mae) Nichols, David Nichols, Donnie Nichols, Jessie Nichols. Four stepchildren, Sally (Curtis) Crawford, Otha Nichols, Paul Good, Julius Good; two special grandchildren whom he raised, Kesha Good, Jaquondra Good; one god child, Sh’Zarius Canty, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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