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James Michael


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James Michael Royal, 21, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on August 29, 2021.

Born on January 15, 2000, he was the beloved son to Michael Joseph and Elizabeth “Betsy” Royal.

Along with his parents, James is survived by one brother; Joseph, grandmother; Elaine Tibbs, numerous aunts and uncles; Becky Royal and Guy Quallich, Ellen and John Brinsko, Barbara and Terry Walsh, John Royal and Marylin Morehead, Margaret “Daud” Dempsey and the late Bob, Jimmy and Kim Tibbs, Richie Tibbs and Cathy Jacques, Tom and Lisa Tibbs, Garth and the late Aunt Mary “Dietze” Rowcliffe and numerous cousins; Paul Royal, Ben Royal, Jeremy Royal, Dan Royal (wife Megan), Michelle Walsh, Megan Swauger (husband TJ), Michael Brinsko (wife Christine), Sara Brinsko, Mallory Quallich, Bobby Dempsey, Heidi Dempsey, Ryan Dempsey (wife Sam), Jimmy Tibbs, Nick Tibbs (wife Sarah), Kaitlyn Tibbs, Sarah Tibbs, Tommy Tibbs, Meghan Brown (husband Andrew), Alexandra Harrington (husband Adam), and Ryleigh Hinkson (husband Garth).

James had an incredible number of close friends.   He was a gifted student and was studying finance at the University of South Carolina.   He was the current President of his Fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau where he acted as a mentor to his Fraternity Brothers.   He enjoyed golf, snowboarding, working out, and socializing with his friends. James had an infectious smile and has been described as a person who lit up the room when he entered.

The family is receiving friends on Monday, September 6th from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 7th at 11:00 AM at the Poolesville Baptist Church (in the Gymnasium), 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD 20839.



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From:  Barbara Weitzer

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I wish you peace and comfort. Barbara Weitzer (Ty Grossnickle’s grandmother)

From:  Linda Reed

Liz, Mike and family, I was so saddened to hear of James passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you may you find comfort in the beautiful memories he left. I will remember James the many times I got to see him at Brian’s as he was growing up and I’m so happy I got to spend sometime with him when Brian brought James and John lto Pa. for fishing he certainly grew up to be a good looking nice young man! Love and prayers, Linda (Lynette’s mother)❤️🙏

From:  Keith Sweetman

Mike, Liz, Joe, and family, I am so sorry for your untimely loss. I am at a loss for words. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you.

From:  Margie and Bob

Betsy, Michael & Joe, We are truly sorry for your loss, James was such a loving kind child. He will be missed by all. Love always, Margie and Bob❤❤🙏🙏❤❤

From:  Diane B. Cook

My heart aches for you Mike and Liz. I am so sorry to hear of James's passing. My thougths and prayers are with you both at this time. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

From:  Mark Karanovich

Mike and family I was sadden to hear the news about your son, James. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of our family are with you all at this time.

From:  Laura Hudson

As a parent of one of James’ fraternity brothers, I know there are hearts breaking all over the country at this sad news. You have my very deepest sympathies. We will hold your family close in our prayers.

From:  Kimberly Sue Hugo

I am Paula Heeb's sister. Our family sends our sincere support and prayers to your family. Our niece Emily was "Over the Moon" in love with James. It breaks our collective hearts that he met this untimely death. We are so sorry for your loss.

From:  Ann Marie O’Conor Evans

I am so sorry to hear of James’ passing. Please know that you and the entire Royal family are in my thoughts and prayers.

From:  Jamie Oberman

We are incredibly saddened to hear of James’ passing ! Our hearts ache for this tragedy and the entire Royal family . James was an amazing friend to our son and we are all blessed to have known him! Sincere condolences and prayers!!

From:  The Hilton Family

 Our deepest condolences to your family.