James Clifford "Yankee" Tew

February 22, 1963July 1, 2019

James Clifford “Yankee” Tew departed this life on Monday, July 1, 2019 being 56 years of age. He was born on February 22, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Jim and Hilda Marty Tew. He was also preceded in death by his sister Rosenna Tew Starling. Uncle Yankee was a huge cut up who had an infectious personality. He was described as having that type of personality that you just wanted to get to know him. He was a member of the graduating class of 1981 of Dunn High School and a member of Dunn Rescue Squad. His sister has fond memories of him coming home late in the night and telling her stories of his adventures that evening with the Rescue Squad. He was a member of Divine Street United Methodist Church and he loved his cars, particularly Pontiac Firebirds. Many around Dunn may remember him cruising up to the T-Mart in his Firebird with his seven foot pet python. He had a great sense of adventure and was very spontaneous. That could be demonstrated by the time the kids wanted a horse for Christmas and Yankee buys the horse and rides him all the way home. He had mad cooking skills, probably even better than Alton Brown. Cliff was the cool dad, all his kids friends loved to come over and hang out, and right before bed they would get out a couple of bowls and spoons and have a big bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s syrup and sprinkles. The dog always got to lick the bowl.

James leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Wanda Parker Tew; two sons: James “Mac” Tew of Stedman and Michael Logan Tew of Fayetteville; daughter: Erin Drummond and husband Aaron of Fayetteville; two grandchildren: Aliyah Drummond and Langston Drummond; sister: Martha Saieed and husband Robert of Greenville, North Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from three o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 6th of July 2019 in the chapel of Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home where a celebration of his life will commence at five o’clock with Rev. Tim Ameen and Mr. Lee Creighton officiating.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be made in James memory to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or American Lung Association 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • James Tew, Father
  • Hilda Marty Tew, Mother
  • Wanda Parker Tew, Wife
  • James "Mac" Tew, Son
  • Michael Logan Tew, Son
  • Erin Drummond and husband Aaron, Daughter
  • Aliyah Drummond, Grandchild
  • Langston Drummond, Grandchild
  • Rosenna Tew Starling, Sister
  • Martha Saieed and husband Robert, Sister

  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association


  • Receiving Of Friends Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 6, 2019


James Clifford "Yankee" Tew

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July 12, 2019

Martha, Sorry to contact you so late. My health turned bad about three years ago and I don't get out much. No excuse for not contacting you, Yankee was a great guy and the funniest, most resourceful person I've ever been around in the 45+ years I was able to work. He was a loyal friend and employee. Prayers to his wife & children as I have been and will continue to think of them. Martha I see you live in Greenville (work at the hospital?)We live in Grifton outside of Kinston. I ran the Ford service department in Kinston before medical issues forced my retirement.

Matt Cannady

July 6, 2019

Martha, thanks for the walk thru this afternoon. As you could tell, I was having difficulty taking it all in. I could barely look at his photograph. It was me and him before anybody else in that room for the exception of you. As always, Matt

Laura Elmore Goodrich

July 5, 2019

To the family of Yankee Tew, my deepest condolences to each of you I went to school with Yankee. I know your loss is deep and my prayers will be that God will
Give you great comfort In days to come.
Laura Elmore Goodrich

Benny and Lyn Autry

July 5, 2019

Wanda and family - we are very sorry about your great loss. All the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

art jackson

July 5, 2019

we had some great times on the little black mule(mustang)
seems like working at South River was just yesterday
you could always make us laugh

Annette Starling

July 4, 2019

We are so sorry to hear this news about Yankee . To Wanda & all the kids, & family . May the Lord give you the strength & Peace that only He can provide. Yankee was a good guy & we always enjoyed him. Sending our love & prayers to you all. God Bless..

Mike & Annette Starling

Chris Tart

July 4, 2019

We use to work together at Watson electrical back in the day. We road the same crew van every now and then we would stop at my uncles house and he would get a chicken for his snake. he was always funny even back then he will be missed

Joe Jackson

July 3, 2019

I met Cliff working at Pike . He was one of a kind . I enjoyed talking to him about life. He was a good foreman, person, and friend ! He loved his family! You will be truly missed ! Rest easy brother!

Daniel Dodd

July 3, 2019

I met Cliff working as foremen together in Puerto Rico. I was an instant fan once we talked for a bit. We had good laughs together and enjoyed talking about his family, and his expensive dog hahaha. We stayed in touch since our return and felt like we had been friends for years, I admired him and will miss him. He was a great man and one of a kind. Love ya Cliff!

Leslie Talbert

July 3, 2019

Yankee was such a great fellow. Truly caring, funny, always had a snappy comeback and was a straight shooter.
The world needs more Yankees, and we will be at a loss without him. Rest In Peace friend, keep God laughing up there💜💜💜