WITN Remembers A Special Man

We are remembering a special man here at WITN.

James Naberhaus, a member of the WITN family for more than a decade, has passed away.

James was the assistant production manager. He was a talented director, a genius with graphics and a master of hurricane and elections coverage.

He touched many lives during his years in television.

James was just 45 when he died Monday.

We miss him, and our thoughts are with his family.

from Paul Funeral Home:

James M. Naberhaus November 16, 2009

Mr. James Michael Naberhaus, age 45, a resident of 122 Pike Road, Pantego, NC died Monday, November 16, 2009 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven. Burial will follow in Davis Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:30 PM Friday, November 20, 2009 at Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven and other times at the home.

Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Naberhaus family.

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  • by Brad Location: Richmond, VA on May 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    I worked with James for a brief time and he was one of the best people I have ever worked with. I just found out about this, and I'm sorry to hear it. He was truly a good person and a gentleman.
  • by Chelle on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    I have so many fond memories of James. There was never a better director to work with than him. He was truly a great asset to WITN.
  • by vega Location: washington on Nov 22, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    james was a unique,funny,caring and smart guy. every time i would cut his hair , i would pick his brain about computer and tech stuff. I would send him on quest to find the best deals on a camera or program that a non tech person could handle. James would do that and more..he could explain it in a way that even I would understand. He would always ask how I was doing,I would tell him fine(even tho I wasnt) because I wanted to know how he was.I was concedering getting tested to see if I may be a kidney match because of james. That was the kind of person he was.This caring, giving unselfess guy will be missed. Donna and his family are in my heart and prayers.
  • by Megan Tuell Location: OBX on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    In some ways it seems like yesterday I was walking into the control booth and being greeted by a smiling face at 5 am. A lot of times that is exactly the last thing you feel like doing at that time of morning, but to James everyday was worth smiling about no matter what. I am still in shock of his passing, he was a wonderful person to know and I enjoyed every minute working with him. You will be missed James.
  • by Tommy Location: Winston Salem on Nov 20, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    Working with James on the morning news show was really a lot of fun, or about as much fun as you could have while working at four in the morning. Because I was working in the Greenville studio and James was in Washington, I didn't meet him in person until about a month later. But I knew that whenever I put my headset on, James' voice would be on the other end providing subtle-genius commentary before we got the day started. If there was ever any problem or equipment malfunction, James always had the solution, or at least enough resolve to keep everyone else from completely freaking out during a live broadcast. Thanks for all the humor and direction James. You wil be missed.
  • by Cheryle Location: Naberhaus on Nov 20, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    No more silly phone calls. No more Monty Python quotations in stereo. No more annoying little songs. But the wonderful memories will forever live on in our hearts. It has been amazing to see the vast number of people my brother touched in is lifetime. In death, he continues on touching lives because he donated his organs. He "paid it forward" and for that I could not be more proud. He was a remarkable man and an even more incredible brother. Always a smile to be seen when he was around. Thanks for everything, James! I'll be missing you. Here's hoping you, Mom, and Johnny are having a good time plotting the future pranks you're going to pull. I'm happy you now have peace. I love you!
  • by Linda Bunch Location: Greenville, NC on Nov 20, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    The Naberhaus family. It was my pleasure to be in the same Church and to work with James brother John around 25 years ago. Always I think of music when I think of the family. One of my favorite memories is Carol playing the piano, and John, James, Anita, and Cheryl singing "Upon This Rock" in glorious harmony while John Sr. looked on from the first row, glowing with pride. They loved music and it was a joy to get to behold. James came by this sweetness of spirit quite naturally through his Mama Anita. She was a spiritual and gifted woman. Reading the stories of James makes me laugh because John too was a great jokester and wit, with no meaness or harm in him. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. You have a treasure trove of "James" memories to bring out and remember. I believe it is more important to live a life fully, joyfully, and exuberantly even if the time is short, than to live a long placid life. It sounds like James did that well.
  • by Marvin Daugherty Location: WITN on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    It is really hard to know where to start when you talk about James. He was always warm, gentle and kind in his dealings with other people. He was always positive with others and he made you feel special when you talked to him. I had the opportunity to meet James over 20 years ago when he started working at WITN. I remember one night in December, 1989, when we were experiencing a blizzard just before Christmas. It was the first and only White Christmas I remember while I've been living in eastern North Carolina. James was so excited about it, just like me. He was checking on conditions around the area and kept me updated through the night. James was like that in everything he did. He gave it his all. He was a tireless worker who wanted the best for this station and others he worked with. James faced numerous health issues but he kept going dispite the discomfort he most surely felt. A life well done James. My thoughts and prayers are with Donna and the Naberhaus family.
  • by Carol Naberhaus Location: Beaufort on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    I came here to read the wonderful things everyone has written. Yes, friends, he was like this even as a child. Whimsical, imaginative, and most of all, he felt it his responsibility to make sure his little sisters kept smiles on their faces. Even if it meant doing a silly dance, sillhouetted against the closet light with our oldest brother in tow....trailing toilet paper ribbons in circles, until we laughed so hard that our little bellies hurt. At this time when I miss him so much, I just pull one of these many memories from my mind and I smile. Thanks Brother...even now you still keep the pearly whites showing. I understand now that spreading laughter and happiness was your quest in life, no matter where you are or when. Job well done, Jimbo. Now it is time to rest my champion. All my love, your lil' sis
  • by David Cowell on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    Funeral Arrangements have been announced.

    Visitation: Friday 7-8:30pm at Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven.
    Funeral: Saturday 1pm at Paul Funeral Home Chapel in Belhaven. Burial follows in Davis Cemetery.


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