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Dr. (Rev.) James E. North

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North, James (Jim) E.
Dr. (Rev.) James E. North, 81, of Mesa, left this world to begin a new life with his Lord and Savior on May 17, 2013. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he spent his early years in Tennessee and Alabama where he enjoyed and exceled in Scouting (Eagle Scout, Gold Palms, OA), and met and married the love of his life, Susan Darden. After obtaining a BS in Industrial Management at Georgia Tech, he followed God's calling to become a minister and spent the next few years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and later obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy. Jim spent his life as a servant of God and pastor to many in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado where he used his gifts as a pastor and architect to build churches both spiritually and physically. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 61 years; his children, Linda Richards (Mike), Debbie Wigand, Julie Luman, Jim North Jr. (Sundee), and David North (Lori); 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; and a host of others. A celebration of his life will be held on May 25 at 1:30, at Fellowship Square, 6945 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 and/or Fellowship Square, Memorial Fund - Mesa, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 22, 2013