James Thomas Oxendine was joyously welcomed into the world by Joe and Adrienne Oxendine on November 16, 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, along with his sister, Jean Marie, where he attended public school and became active in school activities, playing football and eventually earning a spot on the varsity wrestling team. James had a great variety of hobbies outside of school, including archery, hunting, going to the shooting range, and scuba diving.
After high school, James attended Temple University and majored in criminal justice. He went to Syracuse University School of Law and specialized in environmental law. James went on to open a private practice in general law for over 20 years in his adopted hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina. He lived on High Rock Lake, near Salisbury, and spent much of his free time boating, fishing, and cooking out with friends.
In recent years, James continued on with his love of scuba diving, cave diving, and eventually became certified in deep water rescue diving, through which he participated in several search and rescue missions with emergency responders. He traveled all over the world diving, including off the coast of North Carolina, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean islands, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
James was adored by his family and countless friends, particularly those who shared his love of outdoor activities and deep water diving. He was a kind and gentle individual and will be sorely missing by all who knew him and loved him.
The funeral will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Locklear & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ashley Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Sandcutt Cemtery.