Delk, James G. "Jimmy", passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009. He was born in Hilda, SC on January 30, 1927. He was the youngest of six children born to Howell and Lillie Delk. He moved to Florida in 1948 where he met and married his love, Bebe, on November 28, 1948. They celebrated their 60th anniversary Nov. 2008. They have three children, Gail, Barry, and Carol. The love that began their family still bonds them to this day. Jimmy served in the Merchant Marines as a 16 & 17 year old. Serving as a cabin boy on the hospital ship "Acadia" which ferried supplies to the Atlantic War Zone and Mediterranean Middle East War Zone and returned the wounded to the states. He made six trips with his "best buddy" Harry Shuler of Elloree, SC. After finishing high school in Elloree, SC, he joined the Army and served his time at the Pentagon, Washington, DC in communications. He was most proud of his family and his country. Jimmy owned and operated Jimmy Delk Produce at Pompano Beach Farmers Market for 46 years where he was known for his fairness and integrity. His word was his bond. The business is carried on by his son, Barry and nephew Jay Delk. He was a Director of Florida Coast Bank, Organizing Director of Lighthouse Point Bank and Oceanside Bank, Director of Florida Coast Bank of Coral Springs and served as member of the Barnett Bank of South Florida Broward Advisory Board. He served as treasurer of the Pompano Beach Vegetable Buyers Association for many years. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church having served on several committees. Also a faithful member of the "Fellowship" Bible Study Class. He was a 58 year member of American Legion Post #142. A life member of BPOE #1898. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Bebe; his children, Gail Slemons of Phenix City, AL; Barry Delk (Fran) of Deerfield Beach; Carol McLean of Sebring, FL; five grandchildren: Shawn Slemons (Becky); Brian Slemons (Allison), Jennifer Meeks (Paul), James and Joseph Delk; three great-grand-children, Brady, Christopher, and Sydney. Many wonderful-loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Viewing will be from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, July 22nd at Kraeer Funeral Home at 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, July 23, 2009 at First Baptist Church, 138 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jimmy's memory to the First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from July 21 to July 22, 2009