James Elbert Deans, 72, always willing to lend a helping hand

James Elbert Deans

LELAND — It is with profound sadness that the family of James Elbert Deans, 72, announce his peaceful passing Friday, March 26, 2021, at his home.

James was born on Nov. 2, 1948, in Smithfield to the late Millard Deans and Christine Ellis Deans. He was the second born of seven children. James moved to Leland in the 1980s to pursue his dream job; he became one of the best wallpaper hangers around.

James was many things to many people; a loving husband, a giving father and grandfather, an awesome brother and always a helping hand to many people. James loved the Lord. His kind, honest heart; his love for the ministry of music through song; and his God-gifted talent to hang wallpaper are just a few extraordinary things that carried him through life’s journey.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Kimberly Deans; children, Tammy Greeson, Angela Glover, and her husband, Sam, Jamie Deans, Weasley Emmons, and his wife, Oubon, Charles Deans, and his wife, Amanda, Trisha Terry, and her husband, Jeremy, Brandi Johnson and Timothy Johnson; siblings, Jane Adams, and her husband, Ronald, Sandra Fitzgerald, Ann Bingham, and her husband, Will, Debera Chandler, and her husband, Howard, Angel Rose Gonzalez, William Glenn Deans, and his wife, Rhonda; along with all his many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of the many souls he adopted to the Father in his sweet life.

James lived his life for the Lord, he has now traded his earthly home for a brighter one, he has finally received his reward. Losing such a great man here on earth is hard, but we are all grateful that we will all reunite again in heaven one day. His family is comforted in knowing that this journey was all a part of “The Master’s Plan!”

The family would like to thank everyone for checking on James and us throughout his journey; and the wonderful nurses from hospice care, Jessica, Rochelle, and Janet.

Celebration of the life of James Deans will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, 118 Rockledge Road, Wilmington.

A fundraiser has been set up to assist James’s family through this difficult time. Although we cannot take away the pain of their loss, we can help ease the unexpected financial challenges. Donations may be made at tmcfunding.com.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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