Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Letter sent to Town of Burgaw re: Death of Mayor John W. "Junny" James

August 10,2004

Town of Burgaw
109 N. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

Town Manager Steve Candler and Town Commissioners,

As you know, elected officials like the late Mayor John W. (Junny) James make public service truly honorable. I send my heartfelt condolences to Judy, the James family, and the Town of Burgaw during this time of collective mourning. As the Thigpen family’s insurance agent and as a former county commissioner, Junny and I had great and sometimes comical conversations –ranging from speeding tickets and fender benders, to the complexities and similarities we have had serving as elected officials in a small town and a large county.

Junny is already missed, but most importantly he’ll be remembered as an example of a true public servant.


Jeff L. Thigpen
Guilford County Board of Commissioners


  • Jeff- This may be of benefit long-term, but it does nothing to address urgent needs. Of course, they want to bring in a third-party Chapel Hill guy to do their talking for them, when Grier and Duncan need to do the talking and express in clear terms what their needs are.

    By Blogger sam's notes, at 12:51 PM  

  • Jeff- In my haste to diss the school board, I thought the letter was from Terry Grier and Alan Duncan. But now that I know this was your idea, I think it's great.

    Seriously, I'm skeptical of "initiatives" involving presentations from academics.

    I promise not to be so hasty next time.


    By Blogger sam's notes, at 1:17 PM  

  • This section is related to Junny James. But to respond, I want to connect this to our comprehensive planning process. You are right in that we need direct communication related to school needs (as well as a commitment on the county commissioner's end to meet 1/2 way).


    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 10:34 AM  

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