James Mitchiner Knuckley

James Mitchiner Knuckley

James Mitchiner Knuckley
February 27, 2002 – July 5, 2022

James Mitchiner Knuckley, 20, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. He was born on February 27, 2002, as a special gift to his parents George and Emily Knuckley of Wendell, North Carolina.

James was a gift to our immediate and extended family, an angel placed in our lives. And even though he depended on us for basic everyday needs, we needed him more. Without having the ability to speak, James has taught us patience, how to find happiness in any circumstance, and how to love without bounds. He never met a stranger. Simple in mind, but rich in spirit, James gave unconditional love to everyone he met. James enjoyed upbeat music, food, and playing patty cake, but what made him the happiest was being surrounded by loved ones. His sweet and wonderful disposition is a result of all the loving hands who have cared for him over the years. We are heartbroken to lose him, but rest in the comfort of knowing he is at peace.

In addition to parents George and Emily Knuckley, he is survived by older siblings Edward Knuckley and wife Aspen of Charlotte and Samara Kidd and husband Matt of Raleigh; aunts and uncles Kathy and Bill Teague, Marie and Scott Abee, Mary-Kathryn and Mickey Phillips, Boo and Jay Jefferson, and Joe Ann and Dick Wright; and numerous cousins. James is predeceased by his two older brothers Lewis George Knuckley IV and James Joseph Knuckley, grandparents Lewis and Jeanette Knuckley of Wendell, grandparents Mary and Jimmy Mitchiner of Smithfield, and great-aunt Kathryn Kannon of Wendell.

A funeral mass will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday July 8, 2022, at St. Eugene Catholic Church, 608 Lions Club Road in Wendell. The family will receive visitors at the church one hour preceding the service. Interment to follow at Greenmount Cemetery, 536 W. Academy St. in Wendell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tammy Lynn Center at 739 Chappell Drive Raleigh, NC 27606, Frankie Lemmon School at 3311 Carl Sandburg Court Raleigh, NC 27610, or St. Eugene Catholic Church.


  • Lee T Spitznagel Posted July 7, 2022 7:40 am

    Dear Emily & George,
    I am so sorry for you all in your loss of James.

  • Amy Wiggins Posted July 7, 2022 1:22 pm

    Sending my condolences I will keep y’all in my prayers

  • Debbie & Perry Doan Posted July 7, 2022 4:12 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of loss. Please know you are in our prayers for comfort.

  • Marguerite Posted July 7, 2022 5:52 pm

    Dear Friends…..The hearts of all who knew and loved him and you are broken. You have our love and healing prayers.

  • Gloria Hicks Posted July 8, 2022 6:04 am

    To George Emily Samara and Edward sending my prayers and condolence are with you all doing this time of bereavement for James as a infant into his Toddler age years ,he was a Loving and Sweet baby and would definitely show it through his smiles,expressions and music he also love seeing people dance. one of his favorite shows was The Ellen the Ellen Degeneres show he Love when Ellen came out to dance his loving memories will definitely live on in your lives forever with God’s Love Continue to Stay Strong❤🙏🙏🙏

  • Carol Whitley Dean Posted July 8, 2022 8:38 am

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet son- May God’s presence & wonderful memories surround & comfort all of you.

  • Milton W Evans Posted July 8, 2022 11:09 am

    I pray that our God will grant you an overabundance of peace and comfort as you celebrate the life of your son. May God continue to bless you.

  • Vernon and Mary Creech Posted July 13, 2022 6:35 am

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our prayers are with you, Emily and everyone in your family.

  • Tim and Lisa Michael Posted July 13, 2022 5:09 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers.

  • Janet Murphy Britt Posted July 13, 2022 5:25 pm

    I did not know of James’ passing until just a while ago and i am so sorry. Few things in life bring as much happiness as the birth of a child and nothing brings as much pain as the loss of one. My prayer for all of you is that somehow, someway, you’ll find peace of heart and of mind. I do know how very much he was loved and how much those in your family who have gone before will care for him – and for you – until you are reunited. Take gentle care.

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