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James Patrick Greeley

former co-owner of Wells Funeral Homes Inc., Canton, North Carolina, died December 24, 2011, at age 87. Greeley served as a deck officer in the maritime service during World War II. He attended Richmond Professional Institute and mortuary science school in Nashville. He worked for more than 50 years in funeral service, served as past president of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and was on the North Carolina State Board of Funeral Service. He is former alderman of the town of Canton and served on the Haywood Economic Development Commission. He is survived by daughter Laura, son J. Wells, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.