Mr. James R. Royal, 76, of 5730 Hobbton Hwy, passed away on October 11, 2019 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Royal-Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Ray Jernigan and Elder Terrell McClain officiating. Burial will follow in the Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery.
Born on September 18, 1943 in Sampson County, James was the son of the late Hardy Erastus and Audrey Marley Royal. He was a retired Assistant Resident Engineer with the NC Department of Transportation, after working fifty years and two months. He was a dedicated worker, having worked his way up from working a bushax to clear the right-of-way for 701, to becoming an Engineer, most recently working with the bridges along Interstate 40. He was passionate about his work, and respected by his fellow co-workers and friends. He was a quiet, humble man with a heart of gold. James will be missed greatly by all who knew him – because to know him, was to love him.
He is survived by his wife, Frances McLamb Royal; Daughter, Joan R. Gainey and husband, Jeffery of Clinton; son, James “Marcus” Royal of Newton Grove; brother, Carroll Royal of Clinton; two grandsons: Tyler Erastus Royal and Jared Wilson Gainey; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday, beginning at 1:00, and other times at his home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Mount Olive Agriculture Department by mail: UMO, Attn: Agriculture Dept, 634 Henderson St., Mt. Olive, NC 28365 or by visiting www.umo.edu/givenow.
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