Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Franklin James, II

Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Franklin James, II

Hard to believe you have been gone 20 years. We know you’re near, watching and listening, which is comforting but not quite the same. We talk about Papa Dink often. You’ll never be forgotten.


September 5, 2023

Deputy Sheriff James,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 5, 2023

Hi Frank

Missing you tonight. Flash backs and stories of wcso. You came into my mind. One of the good ones. Miss you.

Joy Curd

February 23, 2023

RIP sir, you will never be forgotten. Thank you, Deputy William Franklin James II for your service to our country as well as to the various communities you served.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 18, 2022

We lost another fellow officer and friend to anther senseless act of violence. Frank James you are truly missed and it goes unsaid how much you're greatly missed. I think about you Phil and Mark very often and wanted to check in today to say hello and for you all to welcome our fallen brother Ned Byrd into the kingdom which we all know you're watching and protecting.

Master Deputy D.L Smith
Wake County Sheriff's Office

August 13, 2022

Thinking of you tonight Frank. Missing you. Crazy times. Sending peace and love to you and your beautiful family. Thank you for continuing to watch over us. Know you are never forgotten.


Joy Curd

September 6, 2020

Thinking of you tonight Frank. Missing you. Crazy times. Sending peace and love to you and your beautiful family. Know you are never forgotten.


Joy Curd

September 5, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 5, 2020

Something random led me to this page today and I thought I'd take a minute and read through some of the sweet posts left on your page. Life sure has changed a lot since our days at Wake County SO. Joy and I are still friends - she is married with a beautiful little boy! But you probably already knew that, because I know that you are keeping watch over us. You are thought of often and you will always be missed. I pray that your son and April are doing well.

Kristin Byrd, 911 Supervisor
Holly Springs PD

August 13, 2020

Missing you today Frank. Your voice and your sweet nature. I know you watch over us. You will never be forgotten. Joy

Joy Curd

September 5, 2019

Deputy Sheriff James, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 26, 2019

To all of Franks family and friends, much love to you. April I hope your anniversary was celebrated with smiles. I know how much he loved you.

To Frank...

Hello dear friend...Been so long...I dont miss you any less. I smile when I think of you. Kristin Byrd and I were talking about you the other day and the song played when letting you go. I know she misses you too. Her and Ronnie are doing well and have a beautiful daughter. I know you have looked down upon me and protected me. You protected my sister. She is still with us because of you. I told my soon to be in laws about you the other day. Thats right lol. Finally going to tie the knot. Its only been 7 years lol. But hey. When you have been proceed with caution. Ive told you about Andrew. You would like him. Hes good, honest and of course a dog lover. My business is wonderful. I watch some special pets!! I wouldnt trade it for the world though every once in a blue moon I miss being a voice in the middle of the night. Now I said I missed it, will never do it again. ha Thank you for watching over all of us. I miss you Frank! Hugs..

Much Love,



September 6, 2016

Happy Anniversary!!!! Love you more than words can. I miss you everyday.


August 26, 2016

I was thinking about you today!!


August 23, 2016

Where in the world has 12 years gone?? Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I still think about our conversations and how hard you use to make me laugh. Having you as a check in was always unpredictable and fun. I love you Frank!!! And I miss you like crazy. Continue to watch over me and guide me in the right direction.


September 5, 2015

11 years ago about this time I was in my room cleaning my shelves, dusting because I knew "inspection" was coming soon seeing that was always a part of my punishment when I was grounded. 11 years ago you were taken away by the job you loved, I can remember every event of that night, it still seems as though it was just yesterday. Sometimes I wonder if you would agree with some of the decisions I've made, some smart, some not so smart, but every day I refer to the example you set for me both as a father and a Police Officer, I now too am a police officer as well as a soldier, every day I run into somebody that remembers you, I even work for a few of them, and they all say all the time how much I remind them of you and I know in my heart not only how proud you would be but how proud I am to have been your son, losing you was difficult but this is the first anniversary that I am now a police officer as well just like you were. I miss you daddy, and I love you, you truly were and always will be my hero.

Patrolman Travis James
Son/Sunset Beach Police Department

September 5, 2014

Hey there dear friend

Just checking in with you...I think of you often and I can not believe how much time has gone by. I know you have watched over me, Andrew and my family this past year. Especially in regards to Katrina. Thank you... Though I am currently still with Cary something in my heart tells me it might be time to start helping people/animals in a different way. Maybe with all the dog dreams we talked about I could go that route? Who knows!! Dream big right?? Only time will tell. We shall see. Its just a feeling I have. My friend Ashley at Cary has a passion for this job greater than my own and will do amazing things, when Im there and after Im gone. Chris is sooo much like you. He reminds me of you in some ways. Like you he has a heart a gold and is a wonderful friend who I can depend on for anything. Im lucky to have him in my life.
I best be going. I miss you Frank. Thank you for watching over us. Much love to you.

Senior ECO/CTO
Cary Police Department

September 5, 2014

On March 4, 2014, your son became a Police Officer with the Sunset Beach Police Department. Please keep a watchful eye over him as he continues to follow the dream. :-)

Tricia Varela

April 20, 2014

Miss you Frank. Thought about you all day today. Talked about you to Ashley Andrew and my new friend Allison. Allison cried. She reminds me of well, me lol sweet girl. Hope all that you love andlook upon is well. My crazy phone will not cooperate so Ill post more later. Hugs.


Senior ECO/CTO
Cary Police Department

September 5, 2013

Thank you for your dedicated service to your Country and to the law enforcement community. Continue to watch over your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 5, 2013

It's been nearly 10 years and it doesn't seem like it's been that long Frank, you are not forgotten my friend keep those guys straight up there and see you on the other side.

Master Deputy D.L Smith
Wake County Sheriff's Office

May 6, 2013

I was thinking about you today and wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten brother.

Lt. Michael Patterson
Holly Springs Police

February 2, 2013

It's been a busy...very busy 30 weeks as you can tell:) Even though I haven't left you a note, I still think of you daily. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday. Where has the time gone?? I love you Frank and please continue to watch over me.


January 12, 2012

Happy Birthday! You are still greatly loved and missed!


January 1, 2012

Where in the world has 8 years of life gone??? It still doesn't seem possible. I was just talking about you yesterday and it felt as if you were still here. I just wonder when and if the saddness will ever go away? I miss you just as much now as I did the day I found out that you left us. I know you are in a much better place but I am trying to be a little selfish with wanting you here. But while you are up there I will ask you to do me a favor. Please watch over Frank as he serves his tour in Afghanistan. I love you very much and miss you!!!


September 9, 2011

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