James Vermilyea Sr.

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  • "Our thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all you guys...."
    - Kevin Williams
  • "Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us..."
    - don and sherry and family hall
  • "It was a privilege to know you and know the beautiful kids..."
    - Ray and Darlene Thomas
  • "Dad, I Loved you so! I'll see ya tomorrow."
    - Ben Vermilyea
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - James Benjamin Vermilyea, Sr, "Jim," beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to all who knew him, rode into the sunset of the majestic western sky on July 28, 2016 after a well-lived and well-loved life. A man of unparalleled integrity, kindness and faith, Jim's passing leaves an ache in our hearts and a huge void in our lives, but we take comforting peace in knowing that his suffering is over and he is resting in Jesus. Jim was born on January 14, 1933, in Dwyer, Wyoming, the second of four children to Joseph Clyde Vermilyea and Ethel Louise Atchison Vermilyea. His birth and early years were marked with a humility he would carry with him for the rest of his life. He never lost his love for the rugged serenity of southeastern Wyoming, where he and his two brothers and sister would paw the plateaus from sun up to sun down getting into mischief and creating life-long memories over which they would share countless guffaws of laughter in the decades that followed. After leaving Wyoming with his family in the early 40s, Jim lived in Washington State - where his second sister was born - and in Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed in Linz, Austria. There, he served as a medic and played on his Company's basketball team, where he quickly became high scorer. This achievement led to a basketball scholarship to attend Denison University after his honorable discharge in 1955 - a scholarship he declined in favor of attending Washington Missionary College in Tacoma Park, MD. It was there that he met his wife of 59 years, Sandra Dortch Vermilyea. After marrying in June of 1957, Jim and Sandra settled in Atlanta, GA, where Jim began a career in construction, and where Sandra began her life-long work as a homemaker. In June of 1958, they welcomed their first child, a son, and over the next 7 years would welcome another son and three daughters. After living briefly in Indianapolis, IN, they moved to Berrien Springs, MI in 1968 where Jim continued his construction career and built the first of many custom homes for his family. It was there that their final son was born in 1974. In 1975, the family returned to Georgia, this time settling in Calhoun, where Jim built what would forever be referred to as the "Calhoun House." It was Jim's desire to live in Calhoun forever, but the downturn in the economy in the late 1970s prompted what would be his family's last move for 36 years. After seeing an advertisement for contractors in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jim moved his family to the tropical paradise of Hilton Head Island, SC, where they would remain until 2014. Jim played a major role in Hilton Head's construction boom in the 80s and 90s, where he was a developer, builder, and drywall contractor. Much like the man himself, Jim's company, V-Line Corporation, was well known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail. More importantly, Jim became widely respected for his incredible work ethic, unshakeable faith, unwavering integrity, and his willingness to help anyone in need. Jim was an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, serving as deacon for over 20 years. In 2000, he was instrumental in constructing the Hilton Head Church. In 2008, he became a member of Savannah First Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was a true man of Christ. For the final years, Jim and Sandra lived in North Augusta, SC, and Aiken, SC, where he was cared for by his son, Ben, daughter, Cindy, and by the staffs of Georgia University Hospital and of Pruitt Health Care. Jim is pre-deceased by his parents, his son (John Steven), his brother (Dr. Bayard C. Vermilyea, USAF Ret.), and his sister (Christine "Sis" Dennis). In addition to his wife, Sandra, he is survived by his brother, Maj. Gen. C. L. "Jake" (Vivian) Vermilyea, USMC Ret., his sister, Shirley (Harold) West, his children, James Benjamin, Jr. (Rhonda), Cindy (David) Talley, Pamela Jill (John) Varellie, Bonnie (Bob) Timblin, and Jody (Kate) Vermilyea. Grandchildren include Joshua Vermilyea (Melissa), Erin (Buddy) Davis, Amanda Talley, Brandon Timblin, James (Rebekah) Talley, Jay, Jarod, and Jeremy Vermilyea, Shannon Timblin, Katelyn Talley, Zoe and Rosie Vermilyea, and great-grandchildren Kynslee Davis, Jaelyn Vermilyea, and Abigail Davis. Extended family and friends too many to count, but all loved. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 11:00am at the Savannah First Seventh-Day Adventist Church (50 Godley Road, Sav., GA, 31407). Since Jim avoided formality whenever possible, please celebrate this cowboy in his "uniform" of choice-- blue jeans and boots, if ya' got 'em. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's name to Maranatha Volunteers International at https://maranatha.org/store/donate/honorary-and-memorial-gifts/ or by phone at 916-774-7700. Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits The Augusta Chronicle-July 31, 2016


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