RALEIGH – James Walter “J.W.” Wester, 73, died Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2012 at his home.   A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

He was the son of the late Walter and Myrtle Place Wester. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Wester, and sister, Hollie Lee Braswell. He was a native of Franklin County and a retired Raleigh Police Officer.

Surviving: wife, Pauline H. Wester; sister, Bet Alford of Bunn; one granddaughter; and many nephews.

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.