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Wake County Deputy's Funeral Scheduled For Wednesday

Posted September 9, 2003 1:55 a.m. EDT

— Funeral arrangements have been finalized for the first Wake County sheriff's deputy to die in the line of duty in 70 years.

Authorities said deputy William Franklin James II, 33, died Friday night after he lost control of his cruiser on a road near Garner while responding to a call.

The visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Apex Funeral Home. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Apex Baptist Church.

A college fund also has been set up for James' son, Travis. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund should send their donation to:

Travis James College Fund C/O Southtrust Bank 1145 Highway 70 West Garner, NC 27529

For more information or questions, call:

(919) 278-1258

James was responding to a 911 call Friday in which two women were having an argument at their home. The dispatcher apparently gave the deputy permission to turn on his blue lights and sirens.

James was a Navy veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War. He left the military for police work in 1996. Authorities were investigating to try to determine what caused him to lose control of the car.

Jessica Lynn Anderson, 17, who was driving the car that collided with James' cruiser, is listed in fair condition at WakeMed.