June 23, 1941 – September 14, 2023
James (Jim) Barnes Weeks, age 82, died peacefully on September 14, 2023, following a courageous battle against cancer. He was born in Sampson County, North Carolina, on June 23, 1941, and throughout his remarkable life, touched the hearts of many.
Jim’s journey was one of dedication, resilience, connection and fun. Jim graduated as valedictorian from Hobbton High School, then graduated in 1963 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in political science. Although he initially did not pursue the study of law, he began building his family’s foundation and relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1965. It was there that he embarked on a highly successful career as a salesman for Scientific Products. However, Jim’s true passion beckoned, and in 1976 he graduated from the UNC School of Law, fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. He and a classmate, Joe Turner, established a successful law practice in Greensboro. Throughout his 46-year career, Jim helped countless individuals in achieving their dreams of home ownership and developing their estate plans, while assisting those in need. He spent much time volunteering with several organizations in Greensboro, while finding great joy in being an active part of the community. Jim also had a fun, quick wit. He was beloved at the courthouse and an admired mentor for countless law students.
A dedicated member of West Market Streeet United Methodist Church, Jim found purpose in teaching Sunday School. He was an avid Tar Heel fan, and seldom missed a game. He also had a zest for travel and, at the age of 60, took up the game of golf with enthusiasm.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise (Sutton) Weeks, his wife, Linda Willis Weeks, his son-in-law Toby Skemp, and his cherished friend, Matt Hunoval.
He is survived by his four devoted daughters: Lisa Weeks (Jay Cole), Lori Boldt (Terry), Kelley Tucker (Steven), and Shelley Roupas-Cantrell (Todd). He is also survived by his sister, Sylvia Cox, and nephews Alan Cox and Ken Cox (Samantha), and several grandchildren: Jack, Luke, Liz, and Patrick Boldt; Mackenzie and Austin Tucker; Thomas and David Roupas; and McLaren and Baxter Cantrell, as well as nieces Lindley and Kate.