VANCEBORO - It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Jimmy L. Whitford II announce his passing on December 30, 2017, at the age of 51 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Vanceboro. Burial will follow at Celestial Gardens.
Jimmy will be forever remembered by all of his family and friends as a loving and caring son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend and mentor. He grew up in the Ernul/Askins community and made it his forever home. He worked at Craven Wood Energy for over twenty-five years. For many years he was an active member of the Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department where he held multiple officer positions, including Chief of the department. Jimmy never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a man who was never in a hurry and one who had a love for the outdoors.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Spain Whitford.
He is survived by his father, Jimmy L. Whitford and stepmother Johnnie Whitford of Ernul; his daughter, Halie Whitford Lester, and husband Dustin of Kailua, Hawaii; his brother, Brian Keith Whitford and wife Renee D. Whitford, his sister, Stephanie Whitford Toler and husband Davey Toler, all of Ernul; a step-grandson, Kellen Lester; nieces Taylor V. Whitford, Sydney Toler; nephews, Hunter C. Whitford and Evan Toler, all of Ernul; and step children, Tiffany Andrews and Ryan Durham of Ernul. He also leaves behind many family members, community friends, and coworkers who will forever remember his caring spirit.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro and other times at his father's residence.
Online condolences to www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
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Published by Sun Journal from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2018.