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Memorial Service

Center United Methodist Church
Friday May 3rd, 2019

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James Richard Laurie

James Richard “Jim” Laurie, 75 of Sanford passed away Sunday April 28, 2019. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday at First Baptist Church Sanctuary.  The family will greet friends following the service in the Church Parlor.


Mr. Laurie was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, a son of the late James C. Laurie and Fae Zimbower. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Lishok Laurie.  Jim was a US Navy Veteran and a member of First Baptist Church. 


Mr. Laurie is survived by his wife, Karen Barr Laurie; daughters, Melissa A. Laurie of Odenton, MD and Erin C. Laurie of Chapel Hill; siblings, Hugh Laurie (Nancy) of DE, Ellen Roller (Vince) of MD; Jane Waclowski (Mark) of MD and Jean Sudina (Jim) of MD; many nieces and nephews.


Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Dr, Sanford, NC 27330 or to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615

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Karen and Erin,
Jim was a kind and generous man; a gracious host who welcomed me into his home and made me feel glad to be there. He is missed. It was my pleasure to have know him.
May God bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and give you peace.

debbi hunter May 10 2019 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was sent on May 3, 2019

Jim served his nation and helped ensure the safety of the soldiers around him. A dedicated employee and friend. From the gang at SSDS, BTG, and L-3.

Expression of Sympathy May 3 2019 12:00 AM

Jim and worked together for 20 years. He a friend, mentor and quiet professional.
Prayers for Karen and Erin to able to go on without him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jack Poltrock May 3 2019 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was sent on May 2, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a friend and mentor. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Cliff

Expression of Sympathy May 2 2019 12:00 AM

Jim and I worked together at Fort Bragg for half a decade. A humble and quiet professional. I will very much miss him.
--- Steve

Steve Powell May 2 2019 12:00 AM

A Structured Design in Red and White was sent on May 1, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the family for your loss. We are better people for having known Jim. Sincerely, The Dell SOF Team

Expression of Sympathy May 1 2019 12:00 AM

A Dignity in White Pedestal Arrangement was sent by Frenchy & Carol LeFavor on April 30, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Apr 30 2019 12:00 AM

A wonderful man with whom I had the honor of serving with at Ft Bragg, NC from 2005-2008. A genuine give to our community who will be dearly missed

COL (retired) Patty Collins Apr 30 2019 12:00 AM

Karen and Erin, please know that Jim's loving arms will always be around you. He loved, respected and cared for you so much. I am grateful to have had Jim as my friend for all the decades.

Janet Fike Apr 30 2019 12:00 AM