James "Jim" Albert Hewett, 81, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday evening, Aug. 14 at his home, surrounded by his family.
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A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street in Columbia, S.C., with the Rev. Mark Williams of Lebanon United Methodist Church officiating.
Jim donated his body to science, with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine benefiting from his generosity. His ashes will be interred at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia at a later date.
Jim was born in Shallotte on Dec. 7, 1931, son of the late Prince Albert Hewett and Evie Viola Hewett. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Kelly Hewett (Randall Rose) of Knoxville, Tenn., Jamie Hewett Keller (Rudy) and Heath Hewett (Nikki), both of Columbia; two grandsons, Gabriel and Keith Keller; a loving caregiver and step-granddaughter, Austin Keller of Columbia; a sister, Lois Ann Owens of Shallotte; two brothers, Janek Hewett (Linda) of Exum and Hampton Hewett (Shirley) of Supply; many nieces and nephews, cousins and loving friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Keith and Leonard, his sister Helen, his brother-in-law Spurgeon, and his sister-in-law Fesie.
Jim graduated from Shallotte High School in 1951 and attended North Carolina State University. He served his country for 40 years in the military. His military career began in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a jet mechanic on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. He later served in the U.S. Air Force at Shaw AFB in Sumter, S.C. Finally he served for nearly 30 years as a full-time technician in the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire JNGS in Eastover, S.C.
He loved woodturning, gardening, fishing, his church, his neighborhood, bird-watching, making furniture, and giving of his time and wisdom to friends, neighbors, or anyone in need. Most of all, he loved and cared for his family.
Memorial contributions can be made to any of the following causes special to Jim. Please acknowledge that your donation is in memory of James Hewett: Society for Melanoma Research, Care of Site Solutions Worldwide, P.O. Box 215, Burnt Hills, NY 12027; Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10220 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover, SC 29044; or Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, 2013