Bernice (Phifer) James

June 25, 1924 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 96)

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Mother Bernice P. James age 96, of Hertford, NC answered the Masters call on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Elizabeth City Health and Rehab. 

Life Celebration Services will take place on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:00 noon at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Hertford, NC with Rev. Dr. William Sawyer, Officiating. Interment will follow in the Cedarwood Cemetery. A walk-through viewing will take place at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The services are limited in attendance and will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. We are following all COVID-19 guidelines. 

She leaves to cherish her legacy: sons Lawrence Lee of Cleveland, Ohio; Frederick Lee of Biller Rica, Georgia; daughters Patricia Layne of Vacaville, CA and Donna James-Whidbee (Michael) of Durham, NC; fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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Walk-Through Viewing Only
December 28, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mitchell Funeral Care and Cremations
609 Hull Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Funeral Service
December 29, 2020

12:00 PM
New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
999 Pender Road
Hertford, NC 27944

Video is available for this event

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