Jim Wrenn

Jim Wrenn

On the evening of January 20th our Dad, Jim Elzie Wrenn, left this earth and went to be with our Lord. He was 92 years old.
Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on January 1st and from that point rapidly declined.
When the oncologist gave Dad the news that his condition was incurable, Dad just looked at him and said, “Well, I am 92 years old, I have lived a wonderful and richly blessed life and I have absolutely no complaints”.
Dad was born on the family farm during the great depression on October 1, 1929. It was there as a young boy that he began his life as an entrepreneur, setting out rabbit boxes and watching over a neighboring farmer’s fence line and making repairs as needed.
When he became old enough, he left the farm and went to live in Durham, NC to become an Apprentice in Upholstery. While there he became a golden gloves boxer, winning the regionals in his weight division before breaking his collar bone in an auto accident.
He then moved to Zebulon, NC, got married and opened Wrenn’s Upholstery. He later put in a sawmill and lumber yard and began building furniture thus establishing Wrenn’s Furniture and Upholstery. After completing a correspondence course, he expanded his business to include TV and Radio repair.
In subsequent years he continued to offer more goods and services, including aluminum and canvas awnings and in 1966 after becoming frustrated at how difficult it was to find replacement parts for his vehicles, he founded P&W Auto Parts.
In 1986 our mother passed away and he never remarried. His siblings, Luther Wrenn, Calvin Fletcher Wrenn, half siblings, Lyndon Brantley, Valton Brantley, Ruby Wrenn Hughs, Bertrude Wrenn Anderson, Bessie Wrenn Fallin, Wilma Wrenn Little, Edna Wrenn Starlet, & Charles Franklin Wrenn.
In 1993 after a devastating fire, the decision was made not to re-establish the business but to retire to the coast where he could do what he enjoyed most,,,”fish”.
He purchased a large boat and even lived on it for a couple of years as his entrepreneurial spirit soon resurfaced. He soon purchased a place to live along with a number of pieces of rental property, thus becoming a landlord.
Over the years and until recently, Dad enjoyed the company and good times of many friends and family as they would join him on his boat and go out fishing.
We would like to thank all of those, many of whom are no longer with us, for the time and friendship you shared with our Dad. May God Bless you all.
He is survived by his sons, Jim Wrenn (Stephanie), Mike Wrenn (Shirley), siblings Frank Wrenn, Ada Hicks, grandchildren, Andrew Wrenn, Mandy Jones (Bill), Thomas Poole (Laura), Sean Poole (Ashley), great grandchildren, Holly, Logan, Abbie, & Gabbie Jones, Jude, & Nolan Wrenn, Colton, Carter, Charlotte, & Savannah Poole.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to panCAN, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Charity, PanCAN.
Funeral service 2 pm, Tuesday, Union Hope Baptist Church with visitation from 1-2 pm, prior to the service. Burial, Murray family cemetery.
Arrangements are with Strickland Funral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell

15 Comments

  • BRUCE JOHNSON Posted January 24, 2022 11:03 am

    SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS – LONG TIME FRIEND OF HIM & HIS FAMILY ON BOTH SIDES . GODS SPEED.

  • Billie & Chuck Douglas Posted January 24, 2022 1:16 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill Clement Posted January 24, 2022 1:28 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Mr Wrenn was a friend from long ago and still remember many of the conversations we had while he was with us.

  • Kathleen Moss Posted January 24, 2022 1:39 pm

    I’m so sorry for you’re loss. Sending prayers for you and you’re familiy

  • Milton Bryant, Zebulon Fire Department Retired Posted January 24, 2022 2:08 pm

    So sorry.

  • Vern Sullivan Posted January 24, 2022 2:56 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a very good man. I hate to hear of his passing along with his brother Fletcher back in 2008. To all the Wrenn family my sincere condolences and God bless you all.

  • Jon Finez Posted January 24, 2022 2:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I know that Jim is up in heaven on that big ole boat he and I had so many great memories on.

  • Gloria Bullock Foy Posted January 24, 2022 4:14 pm

    So sorry for your LOSS…I have many fond memories of Elsie..
    He and Rachel were great neighbors while growing up!!
    When I needed a repair for my METROPOLITAN….HE FIXED IT….We went to the same church…UNION HOPE BAPTIST…
    Jesse P. Came to live with them…He had lots of LOVE for FAMILY AND GOD…HE was my brother’s best friend….
    We’ll miss him dearly….but he has gone to his HEAVENLY HOME!! WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT OF GOD !!!
    OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES ARE WITH YOU!!

  • Jean Hunt Posted January 24, 2022 6:29 pm

    My love and prayers to all of the family at this time of sorrow and loss .Jim ran a country store in Samaria or” Murraytownas as “i t used to be called when he was dating Rachel and I became the Editor of the Murraytown News. He always remembered it when we ran in to each other in future years. I do not think he ever offended a soul during his lifetime.My memories of him and my cousin Rachel are very sweet and indelible…Jean Hunt

  • Tom and Linda Lilly,Durham,Beauforr Posted January 25, 2022 11:39 am

    Jim would come into the Bell’s RX in Beaufort- keeping us informed on all the LillyClan he knew! He was always full of information and entertaining!
    We heard of his illness thru our youngest son Jason and his coworker at Kurtis Chev ! But knowing where he is now, we are joyful in his home going!
    May his witness for the Lord thru his life be fruitful in the lives of those who knew him!

  • Linda Perry Posted January 25, 2022 6:32 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for all of you.

  • David Hughes Posted January 26, 2022 10:03 am

    Remember as a teenager going in the store to buy car cleaning supplies. Such a true friend to my Father- n- Law.. My prayers are with you all..

  • ELLEN R BUCK Posted January 26, 2022 10:47 am

    CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. WE LIVE IN PARADISE EAST MHP SO WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT NAME. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SYMPATHY.

  • Betty Ray Posted January 26, 2022 8:52 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, never heard a bad word
    From his mouth about anyone always found best in all of us.

  • Bobby A. Duke, Jr. Posted February 10, 2022 11:03 pm

    Sorry for your loss I remember him well. Growing up in Zebulon and did business with him for my car parts.

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