James Russell Bunker, Jr




Fuquay-Varina – James Russell Bunker, Jr, 77, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. After an extended battle with cancer, Jim passed away peacefully with his family and life-long friend, Molly, at his side.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Wake Chapel Christian Church, 905 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00, one hour prior to the service.

He was born in 1940 at his family home place in Kingfield, a small town nestled in the mountains of western Maine that continued to be “home" and held a special place in his heart all of his life. Even after 60 years of making his home in the south, his native accent remained intact. One summer when he was a teenager he saw a motor grader along the Maine roadside and determined that was what he wanted to do. He joined the Army in 1960, served in the combat engineers, operated a motor grader for 20 years and retired from military service in 1980. During those 20 years he did two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Europe. He was quietly proud of his service to his country and had a great respect for the United States and the flag that it represents. Following military retirement, he spent the next 22 years working for several construction companies doing what he loved best, operating a motor grader. He was content with the simple joys of life and enjoyed time with his family along with trips to Maine and visits with family there. A long planned for trip to Alaska in 2005 was a fulfilled dream, as was travelling across Canada by train in 2010.

He came to faith in Christ late in life and for the last five years has most enjoyed meeting his Bible Study partner, Fred Mitchell, at McDonald’s six mornings a week. He loved the Lord and loved serving his church quietly in the background.

His greatest joy in life was being a husband to Marlene for 49 years, a father to Jayme, and a grandfather to Kristen. Besides his family and a niece he leaves behind special extended family, beloved in-laws, cousins, and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, J. Russell and Barbara D. Bunker; and sister, Julia Blaisdell.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Stanley Bunker; daughter, Jayme Blalock and husband, Tony of Willow Spring; granddaughter, Kristen Blalock of Willow Spring; and niece, Barbara Blaisdell and husband, David Hendren of Maine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TVR Christian Camp, PO Box 10, Plumtree, NC 28664.