In Memoriam: James Poindexter

James Benjamin Poindexter, owner of Lumina Lighting Sales, passed away unexpectedly on September 23. He was 48 years old.

A successful manufacturer’s rep in the Charlotte, N.C. area with his own agency (Poindexter Sales), he merged his firm with Lumina Lighting Sales – which was under the direction of industry veterans Brett Blizzard and Mark Vinson – six years ago in 2016. Continuing under the name Lumina Sales LLC, Poindexter and his associates cover both North and South Carolina. 

He graduated from East Wilkes High School and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and management. In 2000, he married Amy, and they had 3 children: Abigail, Elana, and Isaac. 

James enjoyed life on the lake, golfing, family vacations, and his two dogs, Sadie and Molly. He loved being around people and had a contagious laugh you would never forget. He never met a stranger and had a smile that lit up a room. James was most proud of his 3 children and lived his life for the Lord and his family.

He is survived by his wife Amy; daughters, Abigail & Elana; and son, Isaac. He is also survived by his mother Lynn Poindexter of Hamptonville, sister Kimberly Caudle (Waylon), three nieces (Melanie, Willow, and Evelyn Caudle), many cousins, and in-laws. James was preceded in death by his father Jerry Poindexter.

James’ lighting colleagues and friends expressed their condolences:

“James, you were loved and respected by all of us. We will forever miss your smile, great personality, and kindness. I can honestly say that life will never be the same without you. You were the bright spot in everyone’s day when you came to visit,” said Denise Bessellieu of Butler’s Lighting. 
Priscilla Olinick of Butler’s Lighting added, “Some people you meet you just click with. James Poindexter was one of those guys. He was a fun, light-hearted, quick-witted soul who was a friend to all he met. His zesty personality lit up every room he entered and you could always hear his boisterous laugh echoing behind him. His profession in sales was perfect for him as he had never met a stranger and spent his days on the road calling on clients who were mostly just friends. It was always a good day when Poindexter came to see us at Butler Lighting.”
James’ sister-in-law noted, “Our family lost a piece of our hearts this week. James Poindexter was the greatest husband, father, son, brother, and friend. The biggest-hearted guy you will ever meet and a true man of God.  He will be greatly missed.”
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 4 pm at Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Rd., Cornelius, NC 28031
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm following the service. Burial will be private at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Samaritan’s Purse Ministries in James’ memory.




4 thoughts on “In Memoriam: James Poindexter

  1. This is so sad to hear. I vividly remember a conversation on one of the Dallas buses talking about all things rep. last June. Where we were dashing to after Dallas, how many customers we had appointments with, and our shared lines. Far too young.

  2. This is so heartbreaking, James was one of a kind, sweet and helpful in any way you needed from him always with a smile on his face. . He will be missed by many. Prayers for his family, friends and coworkers and everyone that knew him. Shallotte Electric and Plumbing will miss his smiling face.

    Tina Tripp

  3. Again I just want to express my very deepest sympathy to all of James’ wonderful family. Please know that prayers will continue for all the family.

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