James Crofton Coltrain

March 19, 1942 - April 9, 2024
James Crofton Coltrain

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James Crofton Coltrain of Pantego, NC, died at Autumnfield Rest Home, April 9, 2024 in the afternoon.

Coltrain “Wormie, The Worm, PJ, Grandaddy Worm, Pop, Daddy, Dad, Brother, Jimmy, Uncle Jimmy, was born in Williamston in Martin County, NC on March 19, 1942 to the late Archie Thomas Coltrain, Sr. and Emma Elizabeth “Lib” Sexton Coltrain of Jamesville “Farmlife Community” in Martin County.

Jimmie loved his family and worked hard to provide for them. As an employee of Fine Paper at Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill in Plymouth, NC, Jimmie worked for 36 years and made many lasting friendships. After retirement, he went back to work as a consultant for Voith Fabrics selling felt to the Plymouth paper mill for an additional 5 years. Playing golf was another life long passion of his with many hole-in-ones. He got his famous name Worm from a special golf shot called “The Worm Burner” where he could shoot a straight shot fast and low to the ground. He had a great amount of respect for the Lord and for a period of time served as Deacon at Wilkinson Church of Christ. He and his wife Sylvia made absolutely sure the children were in church every time the doors were opened. He taught his family to appreciate hunting and fishing. When his children were young he loved to take the family hunting and was a member of Green Sea Hunting Club. He shared his passion for fishing with his children and grandchildren. In his early days, he was an avid bass fisherman with so many trophies he had to add extra support beams just to hold them in the attic. The Belhaven Bass Masters club made him aspire to be like Bill Dance and Roland Martin.

He didn’t know many strangers. He would joke and cut up with people in the grocery store, on the golf course, at restaurants, on the job, at church, on the hunting club and anywhere he could find someone willing to laugh or talk to him. If you ever met Jimmie you knew in a heartbeat, he was going to keep you entertained. He was a man of many words.

His first love and mother of his children, Sylvia, passed away in 2019. For all of those who knew Jimmie it was apparent he could not enjoy life alone. God placed his second love of his life in his path. He knew Marty many years ago from playing golf with her late husband. They quickly rekindled their friendship and fell in love and were married. The family quickly embraced their love for one another and a new chapter began.

Jimmie was survived by his wife Marty Dail Whritenour of 4 years; a son, James Todd (Amy) Coltrain, their children Zack (Bridgette) Coltrain, Issac (Kelsey) Coltrain, Tanner (Mollie) Coltrain, and Taylor Coltrain (Blake) Sheaffer; a daughter Connie Elizabeth Coltrain (Chris) Martin, their children Kasey Allen (Blake) Riggs, Tyler (Brandy) Allen; son Ronnie Gaylord (Beverly) Coltrain, their children Ethan (Casey) Coltrain, Caleb (Julia) Coltrain; a son Gregory Stewart (Tiffany) Coltrain, their children Mara, Austin, Jewel, Kaylyn Coltrain (Matthew) Jordan, Mollie and Mallorie Coltrain, stepdaughter Marie (Todd) Peele, their children Bailey Hollingsworth, Meadowe Peele and Paden Peele, stepdaughter Michelle (Scott) Oliphant, their children Sandi Gregory, John Schuch, Nicholas (Sky) Schuch. He is also survived by 17 great grandchildren, Christopher, Lexi, Braylee, Miland, Adalyn, Nora, Thea, Clara, Hudson, Tatum, Boone, Emberly, Anderson, Gracelyn, Ada, Judah, Leaven and two more on the way as well as step great grandchildren Aleigha, Bentley, Christian, Brendan, Aria and Rylee. He was preceded in death by first wife of 56 years, Sylvia Ann Shavender Coltrain, his father Archie Thomas Coltrain, Sr., mother Emma Elizebeth “Lib” Sexton Coltrain, his three brothers Archie Thomas “Tommy” Coltrain, Jr., Phillip Wayne Coltrain, Charles Lawrence Coltrain, Sr., and a son-in-law, Hampton “Hampy” Allen. His niece, Lori and husband John Blackburn were only a stone's throw away living next door and shared a very special bond and relationship with Uncle Jimmie.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Coach Doug Barnes “Barnie”. He was a lasting friend to Jimmie who called daily when he moved out of the area. Once Jimmie found home at Autumnfield, Barnie came and visited with him daily without fail. In addition, the family is grateful for his caregivers Fran Gibbs, Anita Freeman, Shelia Morgan, Sonya Hopkins, Ronnie Suggs, the staff at Autumnfield Rest Home and Amedisys Hospice Care nurses.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 3:00-5:00 PM at Wilkinson Church of Christ located at 141 Wilkinson Station Road, Pantego, NC. Flowers are welcome and appreciated or donations can be made in Jimmie’s name to Wilkinson Church of Christ Building Fund. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are welcome and appreciated and or donations can be made in Jimmie’s name to the Wilkinson Church of Christ -141 Wilkinson Station Road, Pantego, NC.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Coltrain family.

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  • April 18, 2024
    Jennie Poole says:
    So sorry for you family's loss, but I know he is rejoicing with his wife again. He was a joy to be around, always making others laugh with his contagious smile. Prayers for you all during this time, but knowing he is in the arms of Jesus.

  • April 18, 2024
    Joyce Cutler says:
    Dear Entire Coltrain Family, We are saddened by your dad’s passing and send you all much love and many prayers. Jimmy will be remembered by us. He made us feel loved. Joyce and Lewis Cutler♥️

  • April 16, 2024
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  • April 13, 2024
    Johnny Woolard says:
    Ethan & family; Sorry to hear of your loss, may the Lord comfort each of you at this time . May he give you the peace you need and may you cherish the memories you have of your grandfather.

  • April 13, 2024
    Richard Glendinning says:
    My self and many of the members of Bayview golf course where Worm played and was a member for so many years have missed him the past few years that he has been unable to play. I knew Worm and Sylvia personal have been to there house on several occasions. I gave there granddaughter a set of golf clubs. Worm was a special person Worm was a very good golfer. Always a pleasure to be around and you always knew when he was around. It is said that everyone dies two deaths. The day your body expires and the last day your name is uttered on this earth. Myself and the many members at Bayview will help keep Worms memories alive for many years to come.

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  • April 12, 2024
    John Correll says:
    Prayers & thoughts to all. John & Whitney Correll (Marty’s brother & sister-in-law)

  • April 12, 2024
    Joseph Quidley says:
    In 1967 after being serving my time in the Army I started back to work at Weyerhaeuser in Plymouth, NC and was assigned to work I. An area that wrapped reams of paper for the government and one of the guys working with us on the skid press was Jimmy Coltrain whose primary job was to cut stencils so the paper could be marked and labelled correctly for shipping. In 1970 I moved to Charlotte, NC., and on July 30, 2011 I witnessed the marriage of my daughter Tiffany to Greg Coltrain and it was not until last year that I thought about Greg's last name if Coltrain that led me to asking him about his Dad and if he ever worked on the skid press at Weyerhaeuser in Plymouth, NC. It turned out that the Jimmy Coltrain was the one and same individual I worked with. So now it shows how small our world really is and how people are connected . Who would have thought that out of all the people in the world my daughter would be the one who married the son of a man I worked with some 44 years later. Jimmy as I knew him was a great person and his son Greg is evidence of his talent and friendliness as well as a fantastic son in law

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  • April 11, 2024
    Myra and Johnny Pinner says:
    He was a dear dear friend. We enjoyed being around him. Wish we had known he had moved to Winterville. Lived close to us again. Will miss him.

  • April 10, 2024
    Diane and Paul Edwards says:
    We send all of our love, prayers and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coltrain family.

  • April 09, 2024
    van and connie daw says:
    So sorry to hear of Mr. Jimmy's passing. Fond memories of him and the crowd at the store (keechs) before their golf game. He will be missed.