James "Jim" Minetree Pyne, Jr. born June 23, 1947, in Durham, North Carolina, the son of Jessie Ormond Pyne and James Minetree Pyne, Sr., left this world peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from complications following a fall in September 2014. Jim was a kind man, with a unique mix of integrity, humor, humility and curiosity. Sometimes quirky, sometimes introverted, Jim was above all, a true friend. On holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, he spearheaded potluck dinners at the Players' Retreat in Raleigh so the folks who had nowhere else to go or places they wanted to go, would feel as if they belonged to a larger caring family. He was a beer maker, bread maker, lover of traditional music and dance (a clogger) attending many blue grass festivals over the years. He loved to tinker with anything mechanical from rebuilding cars and motorcycles (attended Sturgis) to analyzing problems and inventing solutions.
Jim proudly served in the US Navy where he celebrated the milestone of crossing the Equator. He graduated from NC State as an Electrical Engineer and worked for Carolina Power and Light (now Duke Power) for 20 years, then worked for the Center for Urban Affairs at NC State. He was a hearty supporter of NC State and students, and a loyal NC State sports fan. Wanting to keep active he recently took on a position as an inventory specialist at Ace Hardware at Seaboard Station where he was working full-time when his accident occurred.
Jim was a member of the PR Hall of Fame...an honor that few people have been given. His red jacket meant as much to him as Phil and Tiger's green jackets do to them.
He is survived by his three sisters: Katrina Davenport (Don), Annie Grubb (Ray), and Patricia Miller (Eddie) and a large extended family, both biological and chosen. He will be missed and always remembered by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh on Wednesday January 21 at 4:30, with a reception to follow at the Players' Retreat, 105 Oberlin Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WCPE or NC State Athletic Association.