Obituary Details

James Maurice Liles

April 25, 1942 - February 6, 2016

Birthplace & Residence

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Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time:
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral

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Cemetery

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Notes

FAMILY REQUESTS "NO FLOWERS". Instead, please consider contributions to:
Saving Grace, P.O. Box 1649, Wake Forest, NC 27588 (http://savinggracenc.org)
Veterans Leadership Council, Box 37087 Raleigh, NC 27627 (http://vlcnc-cares.org)

James Maurice Liles, Jr., 73, of Raleigh, died Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Mr. Liles was born in Monroe, NC on April 25, 1942 to James Maurice and Rachel Liles and graduated from Monroe High School. He left Pfeiffer College to join the US Air Force in 1962, later obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from North Carolina State University and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.

Mr. Liles was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, coach, athlete, mentor, and an all-around caring man to all who knew him and shared the joy and unforgettable moments of life with him. While he was an avid supporter of NC State University and loved to talk about Wolfpack athletics, his passion was people and how they could better their lives. After his retirement from the NC Division of Community Assistance, he continued to use his PhD in Sociology as he volunteered with the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina, sharing his knowledge to assist with planning, obtaining funding for, and building a reintegration center for returning veterans that would provide them all the resources needed to successfully transition to civilian life. This project is proceeding as a result of the largest Community Block Grant in NC history. Active in the Democratic Party in Wake County and the State, he served as President of the Democratic Men of Wake County and as Precinct Chair.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Rachel Liles. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara Stockton Liles; his son, James Maurice Liles, III and his wife, Renee, and son James Maurice Liles, IV; his daughter Doris Jean Liles and her son Dillon Hyde; and his brother Davis Hudson Liles of Charlotte.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road in Raleigh, and in Monroe, NC on Saturday, February 13 from 11 am to 1 pm at Gordon's Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, with a graveside service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Veterans Leadership Council at VLCNC-cares.org or to Saving Grace Animals for Adoption at savinggrace.org/donation.
Posted by:
S. Goolsby
Posted on:
February 25, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Psalm 34:18. "God is close to the broken-hearted and saves those crushed in spirit. "Make God your comfort. He heals the broken-hearted. Psalm 147:3 and provides refuge and strength in times of distress. Psalm 46:1
Posted by:
kayla
Posted on:
February 16, 2016
Hi my name is Kayla and I am a local bible teacher. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There is a very comforting scripture at Isaiah 25:8. It says that soon Jehovah will swallow up death forever and that he will wipe away all of the tears. So we can all look forward to a time when death will be no more. I hope that this scripture can bring some true comfort during these difficult times.
Posted by:
Valerie D Moore
Posted on:
February 11, 2016
I worked with Jim at NC Commerce. We spent many hours on the roads of North Carolina. Being such a colorful character, there's a memory at every turn. He caused me to never look at a possum the same way. My condolences to family.
Posted by:
Valerie Woods
Posted on:
February 9, 2016
I worked with Jim at the Division of Community Assistance. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult time. Valerie Everette Woods
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Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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