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James Arnold Tadlock

November 4, 1951 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 68)


James Arnold Tadlock, 68, of the Grantham community went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  James passed away after years of declining health.  


A private graveside service will be held for only immediate family at Falling Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Grantham.


James was born in Wayne County on November 4, 1951 to the late William Arnold and Mary Estelle Denning Tadlock. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Tadlock and one son, Sterling Tadlock and husband, Nathan Payne of California; his mother-in-law, Janet Williamson of the home and several other close relatives and friends.  


In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by one son, James Wesley Tadlock.


James grew up with a fascination for cars and curated an extensive collection of model cars.  He extended his passion to drag racing and eventually won multiple awards for his show stopping red 1966 Pontiac GTO.  James was truly an incredible man whose core value was generosity to all -- whether to his family, his church or his community.  


James served more than 20 years at the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept as Captain and the administrative jailor, as well as more than 30 years at the Grantham Rescue Squad as a volunteer.  He was a member of the Grantham Grange, served as a deacon for the Falling Creek Baptist Church, and raised money for Grantham School as part of the Easy Street Cruisers.  He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.


Family, friends, former coworkers and all who would like to celebrate James' life will be invited to a memorial service which will be held at a later date when we can safely come together as a community. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be contributed to the Ronald McDonald House at


The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.

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Due to Covid-19, a private graveside service will be held.

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