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James Reid Pleasants, Jr.,

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 7, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 5 Comments

James Reid Pleasants, Jr. 81, died Friday in Duke Hospital following a brief illness. A Durham native, he was born October 18, 1926 in Watts Hospital to James Reid and Nellie Fern Lashley Pleasants. Jim was a 1944 graduate of Durham High School and Wake Forest University. He joined the Claude M. May Company immediately after college, and then entered the US Army conducting counter intelligence during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Durham to resume his career with Claude May, later becoming President of the company until retirement in 1997. A devoted churchman, he was a parishioner of St. Philip

Condolences for the family of “James Reid Pleasants, Jr.,”

Condolence from Mark Higgins on December 10th, 2007 12:00 am

To know Jim Pleasants was to like Jim Pleasants – instantly. He took a keen interest in others as a friend and as a business man. Jim was tons of fun – a regular guy who could wear well any time or under any circumstances; he simply made you feel at ease and happy to be in his presence. Jim had exquisite people skills and modeled to perfection, what it means to be a gentleman and a man of wisdom. All of us privileged to know Jim are better people and more enriched by the graces lavished upon us by God through this wonderful and truly unforgettable fellow. We remember him with gratitude and hold you Penny, Lashley and Kendrick in our prayers as you mourn his passing, while envisioning him safely held in the tender embrace of the One who welcomes him after a faithful course on the earth. Rest in peace dear Jim, you priceless, irreplaceable treasure….

Condolence from Patricia Hemingway on December 10th, 2007 12:00 am

John and I would like to extend our deep sympathy to you and your family. Our hearts are deeply saddened by Jim’s death. The world has lost a real gentleman. We mourn with you.

Condolence from ben elliott on December 11th, 2007 12:00 am

Penny, my sincere condolences to you & Jim’s children. It was always a joy to see both of you from time to time & the grocery where we would often wind up talking about tennis or Wake Forest.
I was clear to me that Jim adored you & valued you greatly. No doubt his passing will create a void in your life.
May you find comfort & reassurance in reflecting from time to time on the many good times you two shared as well as the fondness you both held for each other.
Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Ben Elliott

Condolence from Shirley M. Smith on December 11th, 2007 12:00 am

Penny, no matter when I saw the two of you, you were like perennial flowers–always the same–fun and with some interesting greeting. Like Harwood, Jim was a true gentleman who had a wealth of humorous experiences to tell so appropriately to make everyone laugh and appreciate knowing him. I mourn his passing and wish the best to you and your family.

Regards, Shirley M. Smith

Condolence from Chris Chapman on December 11th, 2007 12:00 am

Jim was one of the first people I met when I started attending St. Philip’s. I found out Jim was a Durham native and I asked him if he knew anything about the Hill House since it had always been one of my favorite places in Durham. That led to a long conversation about the Hill House that ended with an offer from Jim to tour the Hill House with him as a guide. I also remember the delight he took in Wake Forest’s improbable football championship in 2006 and he and Penny bringing Toby to the annual blessing of the animals. But as much as any specific encounter what I really remember about Jim is his kindness, his vitality, his thoughtfulness, his terrific sense of humor and his love and loyalty for his family, his town and his church. He was a great man and I’m sorry I can’t be in Durham for his service. I will keep Penny and the rest of his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris Chapman

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