James Elton Cameron, 82, of Sanford, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Columbus County.

Born July 9, 1927, in Harnett County, to the late Daniel Kelly Cameron and Lucy Godfrey Cameron, Mr. Cameron was a veteran of his country and served in the U.S. Navy, Construction Battalion, during the World War II era. He was a very active member of First Presbyterian Church in Sanford, where he served as elder and deacon for over 41 years. Prior to his dedication to First Presbyterian Church, he was also an elder and deacon at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts as a troop leader at First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Cameron was a Mason and was active in the Sanford Lodge No. 101 A & FM. He was known as a pillar of his community and served in many capacities among the various civic groups he was involved with, including as a former president and longtime member of the Sanford Exchange Club, the Elks Club, the American Legion and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He formerly served on the board of directors for First Federal Savings and Loan and Capital Bank.

Mr. Cameron was a member of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce and the chairman of the Sanford Planning Board. He was the owner and operator for many years of Godfrey's Body Shop. Mr. Cameron was dedicated to his community, where he was still very actively involved with the Meals on Wheels. He and his wife enjoyed traveling. Mr. Cameron enjoyed the game of golf with his special friends. He loved the people of Sanford, his family, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille Cameron Cameron, of Sanford; two sons, Kenneth Kelly Cameron and wife, Janet, and Elton Kevin Cameron, all of Sanford; three sisters, Nora Cameron Gunter, of Sanford, Marjorie Cameron Patterson, of Vass, and Hilda Cameron Ralston and husband, Charles (Chuck), of Olivia; four grandchildren, Whitney Blaire Cameron, Kenleigh Danielle Cameron, Parker Elizabeth Cameron and Carson Alexander Cameron, all of Sanford. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Doris Lucille Cameron, Lelia Cameron Oakley and Ruth Cameron Weiverhold.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford, with the Rev. Stuart T. Wilson officiating. Burial, with Masonic rites and military honors, will follow the service at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford. The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, NC 27330.

Condolences may be made at www.millerboles.com.

Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford has been entrusted with the services for the Cameron family.

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