Brenda James

January 2, 1942 ~ September 11, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Brenda J. James, (Parsley-Runyon), 81, of Hamlet passed away on September 11, 2023. She was born on January 2, 1942 in Verdunville, WV.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil J. Parsley and Gladys Faye Hinkle-Parsley, of WV. Husband, Roger E. James of New Castle, DE. Infant Son, Roy Jr. and baby brother, Virgil Parsley, Jr.

A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, September 16, 2023 2:00 p.m. at Richmond Co. Memorial Park with Pastor Chris Thornton officiating.

Survived by four daughters, Vickie (Robert) Taylor, Rockcave, WV, Connie (Steve) Grabowski, Townsend, DE., Rebecca Runyon, Bear, DE, and Joyce Morris, Glenlyn, VA. One son, Richard Runyon, Lewes, DE.

Also survived by four brothers, Bobby Parsley, Hamlet, NC, Homer (Nancy) Parsley, Uneeda, WV, Larry (Karla) Parsley, Evansdale, IA, Willard Parsley, Laurel Hill, NC.
two sisters, Janet Taylor, Evansdale, IA and Phyllis Bishop, Muscatine, IA.
13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandsons.

Brenda moved to Wilmington, DE at a young age, where she married and raised her children. Upon the death of her husband, she moved to Hamlet, NC in 2000.

She spent the last 4 years on kidney dialysis and enjoyed the many visits of her children and grandchildren and yearly sibling reunions.

She was surrounded by her loving family, in-person and many video chats, at her bedside upon her death. She knew her health was failing and her dying wish was granted, as her last words were, "I'm ready to go". She will be tremendously missed.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet.

Online condolences may be made at Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet is serving the James family.


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