Jimmy L. Whitford
Wilkerson Funeral Home
608 Farm Life Avenue
Vanceboro, NC
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.
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Published by Sun Journal from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2018.
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I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of "Jim Bob's" passing. I worked with Jimmy for 6 years at Craven County Wood Energy and took him him on his first trip to Maine back in 1993 or 94 to see our "sister facility" in Stratton, ME. He was always a character and a pleasure to be around. Everyday i could count on ol' Jimmy to say Hey Yankee! and then follow up with one of his southern Whitford-isms in his down home southern dialect. I can truly say that I looked to Jimmy like a brother. He always called me Yankee and I called him Dirt Farmer. He certainly had a way with words and expressions and more often then not he would find a way to leave me in stitches from laughter. One day I walked into the Maintenance shop and he was busy building a rather large wooden box in the middle of the shop. I said Jim Bob what the hell are you building? Without skipping a beat he replied "A Yankee Trap" I said a Yankee Trap? and he said Yes sir, you see I'm gonna prop the ol top up here with a stick and spread out some brochures from Riverbend and Fairfield Harbor inside the box and when a Yankee strolls by and reaches in to get themselves a brochure I'll pull on the string and drop the lid on em! Then I'll nail it shut and send em back north! I have a video of our trip up North all those years ago that I'll have to break out and watch. I've thought of him often over the years and was suprised to learn of his passing this evening from another native North Carolinian whom I hadn't spoken to since 1996. Heaven is a better place now that he is there and I can still hear the sound of his wise cracking voice spinning up another yarn or funny story. I know that my world is a better place for having met him. RIP old friend. I'm so sorry for your loss folks. Marty from Maine
Martin Cyr
May 6, 2021
One of the best men you could ever have known, what a honor to have met such an inspiring man
Randy Harris
January 11, 2018
This was one of the best men Ive ever known and to hear this, it tears my heart to pieces. I worked for Mr. Jimmy at Craven Wood Energy and he treated me better then most could ever. R.I.P Mr. Jimmy
Randy Harris
January 11, 2018
Jimmy, you will be missed my friend. Good memories, good friends!
Tom Andreski
January 5, 2018
You will be missed by many!! Prayers for the family that is left behind.
Eddie and Natasha Shannon
January 5, 2018

Terry Mills
Posted January 3 at 9:37 AM
If I could sit and talk with Jimmy one more time, I would tell him what his friendship meant to me. I miss hearing him say, "Are you awake in there Terry?" Every time he would have to call me he would say Is that you Terry? Jimmy, you will surely never be forgotten and are greatly missed. It was my honor to call you my friend.
Terry Mills
January 5, 2018
My condolences to the family.

I only worked with Jimmy for a brief period of time at Craven, however, he made a lasting impression on me and I know he will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Rest in heaven, Jimmy!
Rochelle Tabor
January 4, 2018
Sorry for your loss,he will be missed.
Debbie & Jimmy Scott
January 4, 2018
Praying for God to give you peace and comfort today and the days to come.
Timmy and Melissa Garris
January 4, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joyce Buck Frazier
January 4, 2018
January 4, 2018
I wish you were able to walk in the office and tell me to "Find you a little something to do" one more time! CCWE is not the same without you. A great leader, coworker and friend. You are missed!
Jessi Mills
January 3, 2018
Love and prayers for this sweet family. Words cant begin to describe the shock and sadness of this senseless loss. This entire family is loved by many and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Khoury
January 3, 2018
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