Kinston Free Press
4 Nov 1903
Mr. James Richard Whitfield died last evening at 7 o’clock, at his father, Col. N.B. Whitfield’s residence, in north Kinston, of diptheria, after an illness of about two weeks. The remains were taken to Holy Innocents church, of which the deceased was a vestryman, and there laid to rest in the cemetery of the church, today. Rev. J.H. Griffith, Jr., went with the funeral party and performed the last sad rites at the grave, the burial being private, according to sanitary laws in cases of death from contagious diseases.
Mr. Whitfield was 32 years old and was highly regarded in this city for his high Christian character. He was employed as a salesman at Dixon & Hooker’s hardware store at the time he was taken ill of the disease that caused his death.