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James Estes Willingham Sr. Notice
WILLINGHAM, SR., JAMES
ESTES, fulfilled his destiny on Dec. 26 ,2012, becoming yet another Alzheimer's victim. He was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Glen Alpine, Burke County North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Lawton and Mary Butler Willingham, and by his wife of 46 years, the former Elizabeth Bynam Justice. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his sons James E.
Willingham, Jr. and his wife Linda of Jasper, FL and Preston
Willingham and his wife Allison or Park City, Utah. Additionally he is survived by three step daughters: Carson Gleberman and her husband Joseph of New York City; Cloud Conrad of Winder, GA; and Susan Amiot and her husband Brooks of Baltimore, MD. The grandchildren include James E. Willingham III and Toft Willingham; Alexandra and Ben Hess; Noah Willingham.; Sarah, Meg and
Charlie Gleberman; and Carson, Cameron and Jackson Amiot. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL, The Baltmore Forest Country Club and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. He was a former member of the Royal Brigade of Guards of Asheville and the Country Club of Orlando. Additionally, he was an avid excellent golfer his whole adult life. He was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism. While at UNC he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and the ROTC. After graduation he joined the Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran. In his civilian professional life he was first a partner in the insurance firm of Stickney Willingham in Asheville. He then became a representative of the Charlotte firm Investors Diversified Services. In 1967 he and his family moved from Asheville to Winter Park, FL to become the Florida manager for Financial Services, Inc. He later served as President of Saxon Oil, the largest independent exploration company in the U.S. at that time. He was also owner and President of Wilco Oil Company. Later in Orlando he founded the financial service companies of Willingham and Associates and Willingham and Finner. He was a Certified Financial Planner, a Registered Investment Advisor and a National Association of Security Dealers broker/dealer.. A grave side service will be held at the Palm Cemetery in Winter Park at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Cary Hand Funeral Home of Winter Park is assisting. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805; or Memory Care,100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803; or a .
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 2, 2013
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