Rear Admiral James C. Yeargin


James (Jim or Jimmie to his friends) Yeargin passed away peacefully on August 7, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Jim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Yeargin of Briarcliff Road in Spartanburg, SC. He was born on October 10, 1936. He graduated from Spartanburg High School. He attended Stetson University in DeLand, FL and graduated with a B.A. in chemistry. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Having had prior military service, Dr. Yeargin entered active duty immediately upon graduation. After leaving active duty service, Dr. Yeargin established private practice in Daytona Beach, FL and several years later moved his practice to Ormond Beach, FL. Dr. Yeargin was active in local community affairs, a longtime member of the Ormond Beach Kiwanis Club, an officer in the Daytona Beach Jaycees and captain of their softball team. He served as president of the , Volusia Chapter. Dr. Yeargin was very active in organized dentistry. He was a member of the Volusia County Dental Association where he served as president. He was a member of the Central Florida Dental Association where he served as chairman of the Peer Review Committee. He was a member of the Florida Dental Association where he served as a delegate for six years. He was a member of the American Dental Association. He was a Fellow in the International College of Dentist and a Fellow in the American College of Dentist. Dr. Yeargin served for six years as an examiner for the Florida State Dental Board exam. Dr. Yeargin was very active in the Navy Reserve and held positions such as Training Officer, Executive Office and Commanding Officer. While serving as Commanding Officer of a reserve unit at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL, the unit won the American Legion Award for being the #1 reserve unit in the state of Florida. The following year his unit, while still under his command, received the Admiral Vaughn Award for being the best of its type in the U.S. Yeargin held many high profile staff positions in the Naval Reserve and at one time served as an Inspector General for Readiness Command Region 8. Dr. Yeargin eventually sold his practice and devoted full time to the U.S. Navy where he retired with the rank of Rear Admiral. During his Navy career, Adm. Yeargin had many positions of national responsibility. He received numerous citations, awards and medals during his career, some from the President of the United States. In civilian life, Adm. Yeargin was truly a Renaissance man. He was an excellent horseman and at one time owned a ranch in Central Florida. He was a pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He was an avid golfer and played several times a week at Cypress Head Golf Course. He also has a love for music and was an accomplished trumpet player. He played in several area dance bands including The Moonlighters Swing Band, The DeLand Swing Band, The Sal Ronci Big Band, The Daytona State College Symphonic Band and The Daytona State College Jazz Band. He had his own five-piece group called The Blue Notes that played weekly in Ormond Beach for many years. Admiral Yeargin was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Yeargin of Spartanburg, SC, his brother, Don Yeargin of Charlotte, NC. He is survived by the love of his life, Bunny, two nieces, Donna Cannon of Jacksonville, FL and Cherrie Yeargin of Austin, TX and a nephew, Don Yeargin in Forest Grove, OR. Military honors will be rendered at the service. There will be a graveside ceremony in South Carolina at a later date. There will be a gathering at Lohman Funeral Home Port Orange, 1201 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church, 4110 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, FL 32127 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or Stetson University, Development Office, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720. Condolences may be shared with the family at


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 10, 2014