James Faison, III





Faison, who was raised in Rocky Point, and is a 1980 graduate of Pender High School where he played football and earned a full football scholarship to North Carolina Central University.

  • Pender High School All Conference in Football (Quarterback)
  • Captain of the Football Team
  • All Conference in Track and Field: School Records in High Hurdles, Low Hurdles and Discus 1979
  • North Carolina Central University CIAA Conference Championship in Football
  • Co-Captain of Football Team
  • Herman H. Riddick Athletic Award for Academic Excellence

After graduating in 1984 Faison attended North Carolina Central law school and earned his law degree in 1987.

Faison worked his way from being a staff attorney to Assistant District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Pender and New Hanover Counties from 1992 – 2000.

In 2000 he was appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., to serve as a District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District becoming the first African American male to sit on the bench in the Fifth District.

Born in New Hanover County, Faison was raised in Pender County. He and his wife, Angela, have one daughter.