Celebrating the life of . . . . . . . James Nenvel Steele, Jr.
Sunrise: March 19, 1952 Sunset: February 11, 2022
Memorial Service: Saturday, February 19, 2022
12: 00 pm
Emmanuel Baptist Church
204 Turner Street
Thomasville, NC 27360
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James Nenvel Steele, Jr. affectionately known by family and friends as “Jim”; was born on March 19, 1952 in Thomasville, North Carolina, to the proud belated parents, James Nenvel Steele, Sr. and Sallie Rutledge Steele.
Jim attended and graduated from Thomasville High School in Thomasville, NC where he was a straight-A student. He was awarded the most-all-around athlete at Thomasville High School annual award ceremony. He had scouts offering him full scholarships in basketball, football, and baseball. He accepted a full scholarship at The University of NC in Chapel Hill, NC were he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Law. Jim consistently made the Dean’s list at UNC-CH and remained a true Tar Heel for life.
Jim worked for Masonite in Thomasville, NC, Atlanta Gas & Light Co. in GA, and JNJ Services in Lawrenceville, GA for 10 years as a Medical Transporter, which he quoted as “the best job I ever had in my life”. Once retired he devoted himself in doing the Lords work ministering to all those that would listen and sharing scriptures and trying to help save soles.
Jim was ordained by Dr. Ronald Daniel Dunnigan at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA where he served as an Associate Pastor for many years. He also served as an Associate Pastor, The Outreach ministry and he taught bible study at New Hope Tabernacle in Thomasville, N.C. under the leadership of Pastor Willie Bogier. Jim loved spreading the gospel through the vineyards of North Carolina and Georgia.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Thelona (Manning) Steele of Lawrenceville, GA.
Surviving to cherish his memories are his fur baby, Jordan of the home, a sister, Dianne (Adair) Welch of Sugar Hill, GA, a half-sister, Anne Dantzler of Philadelphia, PA; five nieces, Carletta A. Weldon of Japan, Alea R. Welch and Brianna M. Welch both of Sugar Hill, GA, Antoinette Williams and Abileka Boyd both of Philadelphia, PA.; a nephew, Marvin Dantzler Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.