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James Robert Bliss

September 1, 1950 - January 29, 2020

James Robert Bliss, age 69 of Holly Ridge, NC passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center in Wilmington.

Born on September 01, 1950 in Syracuse, NY

Returned to his heavenly home from Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center in Wilmington, NC on 01/29/2020 with love and dignified care of the Life Center’s staff and surrounded by his loving family at time of passing. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Frances Bliss, 5 dear children Jennifer Susan (Steven Stone), Jennifer Elizabeth(Jonathan Swinson), James Timothy (Jennifer Bliss), Rebecca Jean (Keith Watts) and Dawn Nichole, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children. Also surviving him, his sister Chrystal Way from Flagstaff, Arizona, 3 brothers and 5 sisters in New York State with many nieces and nephews. Preceding his death his mother was Edith Scalfaro and father Harold Bliss, grandparents Clinton and Edith Cooper and brother Mark Bliss.

He was a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Marine Corp with his career spanning as an air traffic controller while in the states, a Vietnam veteran, Beirut veteran, and the Silent Drill Team. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Can take a man out of the Marines, but can’t take the Marines out of the man. Semper Fi, Ooh Rah!! After retiring from serving his country he worked with Wrightsville Beach Police Department as a desk officer for many years until he got a calling to serve his Lord with United Methodist Church, was an associate pastor at Oleander United Methodist Church, part-time local pastor at Clarkton and Bluefield UMC. He retired as a full-time local pastor from Fair Haven/ Clarks Bethel United Methodist Churches on Hatteras Island, NC.

He loved crossword puzzles, the rubix cube, and pier fishing and bass fishing. Movie/tv past times were The Andy Griffith shows, old western and biblical movies from the 50’s and 60’s. He enjoyed sweets like gummy bears to snickers, especially after his afternoon naps. It’s just a shame he couldn’t enjoy the sweets fast enough when his children were around. He always made someone laugh and most of the time he wasn’t intentional. That’s the best part! He had a big heart and always wanted his family to be safe and loved no matter where his children lived. Most of all he lived his life loving the Marines, loving his family and loving his God.

Memorial services 11 am Saturday February 1, 2020 at Oleander United Methodist Church 5810 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403. Visitation with family and friends will start at 10 am

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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