Norman Curley James

Norman Curley James

Birth
Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Death 7 Apr 1988 (aged 81)
Burial Loris, Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 32885816 · View Source
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Norman was born to William McNeil and Mollie Spivey James at Trio in Williamsburg County. His father was employed there as a saw filler and crew foreman with Whiteville Lumber Company. He walked twelve miles to work each morning and twelve miles back at night. In 1907 they moved to the Mill Branch community six miles east of Tabor City(then known as Mt. Tabor) in Columbus County, NC. His mother had been reared in that community and his father purchased his 100 acres of land for two dollars per acre.
His education began October 1 1912 at Mill Branch Elementary School, which he attended until Jan. 1 1916. The school had one teacher and he completed what was considered the seventh grade.
His education ended when his father sold the Columbus County estate and moved the family to the place where he was born and reared in the Simpson Creek Township. This community was later to be known as Mt. Vernon, the name given to the local church and school. This farm had been bought by his grandfather, Joseph T James, in the eighteen hundreds for one dollar per acre. He could not go to high school because he was the oldest boy in the family and had to plow a forty acre farm with a mule.
He married at nineteen on January 16, 1926 to Cora Thelma Todd, daughter of Harmon Russell and Juliaa Gause Todd. They had 2 children, Norman Alton, born February 6. 1928, and Veanna, born November 7, 1931. They lived on a farm made up of a small tract given him from his fathers farm and a small tract adjoining it which he bought.
His wife died February 11, 1982, and he remarried August 20, 1982 to Fannie Bruce Arnette Fowler.
Although he was always a farmer, he did other work when possible to be financially able to educate his children. His earlier work was as a laborer in paving Highway 9 between Loris and Ocean Drive Beach, and as a bridge supervisor ( in making repairs and reconstruction) under Henry B Hardwick, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
He was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Vernon Elementary School, District 101, in 1928 when he was 21 years old. He resigned from that position after 20 years of service. He was elected Executive Committeeman for Mt. Vernon Voting Precinct in 1938 and served in that capacity for 36 years. He was appointed a member of the Horry County Board of Commissioners by the late Senator Paul Quattlebaum July 1 1941, and served a 2 year term ending july 1, 1943. He served as a civilian air warden during WWII. He was appointed a notary public in 1938.
He was appointed as deputy sheriff of Horry County by the late Charles Ernest Sasser on October 1, 1944, and served in that capacity for 8 years, 3 months and 5 days, at which time Sheriff Sasser's term expired. In 1958 he ran for Magistrate of District 5 in Horry County and was elected from a slate of 8 candidates, all of whom were fine men. He was elected and reelected 7 times and served a total of 18 years in that office.
During his service as a deputy sheriff, he was on call 24 hours a day and provided his own car for a salary of $1800.00 per year. At that time there were only 2 paved roads in Horry County, totalling about 200 miles. He had to get a new car about every 12-18 months.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Diane Baker
  • Added: 12 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32885816
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Norman Curley James (21 Aug 1906–7 Apr 1988), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32885816, citing Antioch Cemetery, Loris, Horry County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Diane Baker (contributor 46603265) .