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James Taylor Hedrick

March 8, 1928 October 24, 2018
James Taylor Hedrick
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Jim Hedrick was born March 8, 1928 at Watts Hospital in Durham, NC to Henry Grady Hedrick and Mary Taylor Sasser Hedrick. He was preceded in death by both parents along with brother, Henry Grady Hedrick, Jr., sister, Julia Hedrick Campbell, and wife, Pansy Marie Barker Hedrick.
He married Pansy Barker of Durham in 1954 who died in 1999 of cancer. They were the parents of three children: Marysasser Hedrick Holloway (Andrew III), Martha Hedrick Newsom (Matthew), and James T. Hedrick, Jr. (Laurie) and eight grandchildren: Andrew IV, Lindsay Brook and Anna Holloway, Jackson and William Newsom, and Samuel, Alexandra, and Avery Hedrick.
He is also survived by Anne Jakes Harris of Durham, his love, best friend and partner for 18 years, her three children: Emily Marshall (Mike), Paul Harris (Gina) and Larry Harris (Laura), and her six grandchildren: Rebecca and Michael Marshall, Abby and Will Harris, and Millie and Lawson Harris.
Special thanks to his caregivers, Brenda Daye and Sherwood Wilson.
Educated in Durham City Schools through the 8th grade, Jim graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC in June 1946. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA with a Bachelor of Arts in June 1950 and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1953 with a Law Degree. He was a member of Beta Theta Phi and President in 1949 and a member of the UNC Law Review and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
Jim was drafted into the United States Army and served from September 1953 to March 1957. He rose to the rank of Captain in the US Army JAG Corps while stationed at Fort Jackson, Georgia.
He began his civilian legal career when he joined the Durham law firm of Reade Fuller Newsom & Graham which is currently Hedrick Murray Bryson Kennett & Mauch. His specialties were Commercial Real Estate and Land Planning. In addition to being a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the NC State Bar, he served as the President of the Durham County Bar Association.
Jim served on the Board of Directors of Watts Hospital in Durham. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the UNC Hospital for twenty-three years through the establishment of the UNC Women’s Hospital, UNC Children’s Hospital and UNC Cancer Hospital, serving the last eight years as Chairman.
He also served as President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center where he was passionate about finding a cure for cancer, particularly Lymphoma.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295. Please make checks payable to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home in Durham on Sunday, October 28, from 3PM-5PM followed by a graveside service on Monday, October 29 at 11AM at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham.

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3:00 PM 10/28/2018 3:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 10/28/2018 5:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

Graveside Service




11:00 AM 10/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

Maplewood Cemetery
1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

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Maplewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

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