OBITUARY

James Calvin Traywick Sr.

October 16, 1931June 22, 2020
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James Calvin Traywick passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 22. Jim was born on Oct. 16, 1931 to Irby James Traywick and Thelma Kelley Traywick. He graduated from Ensley High School in 1950. He joined the Alabama Air National Guard in June 1950 and activated to the United States Army Air Force in August 1950 and was honorably discharged in June 1952.

In 1953 he married the love of his life and sweetheart Isabel Lee, fondly known as Izzie. Immediately following his service he attended college graduating in 1957 from the University of Alabama School of Engineering with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started working summers at Shook and Fletcher Mechanical Contractors in June 1954 to August 1957 as an apprentice pipefitter. He then went to work in the Engineering department in August 1957. In 1972 he acquired partial ownership of Shook and Fletcher and later had full ownership.

He was past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association in Birmingham, Alabama. He taught Apprenticeship school for Local 91 Plumbers and Pipefitters for 21 years. He had a special relationship with all that ever worked with him. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and also attended Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Jim was an avid Alabama Football fan and enjoyed golf. Jim loved his family so much and was so proud of each and every one of them. He has left 3 generations of James Calvin Traywick’s behind. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, his wife Isabel and Son-in-law James Sumners.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna T. Sumners and granddaughter Taylor LeeAnn Sumners, Daughter, Kelley T. Wilson and grandsons Jacob Hudson Wilson and Luke Lee Wilson (Brianna).

Son, James C. Traywick Jr. “Jimbo” (Sandra), granddaughter Candice Slaton McKinney (Lee) great granddaughters Everlee Jane Mckinney and Ella Slaton Mckinney. Grandson, James C. Traywick III “Trace” (Allison) and great grandson James Calvin Traywick IV “Cal”.

Grandson Nathaniel H. Traywick (Dana) and great grandson Sullivan Everett Traywick. Our deepest gratitude to HomeCare Connection especially Brian Nunley and the ladies who took such good care of our Father, especially Peggy Lowe and Fran Baggett.

Service will be Friday June 26, 2020 at 2pm at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel.

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    Friday, June 26, 2020

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Joan Palestini

June 26, 2020

So sorry we can’t be with you today. Our memories of this wonderful man will always be with us.
Love,
Joan, Wayne and Gaynell

BRIAN DUNCAN

June 26, 2020

On behalf of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 48, I want to extend our condolences to the Traywick family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Brian Duncan Local 48 Business Manager

David E Luellen

June 26, 2020

May Kelley, Jacob, Luke and all the Traywick family experience a special caress of God's presence and grace during these days of sorrow.

Mary Gill

June 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about your Dad. God bless all of you and give you peace. Praying for all.

Karen & Fred Braune

June 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about Big Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless!

Joan Palestini

June 24, 2020

My sister, Gaynell Pinson, and I loved James and Izzie so much. They always made an effort to keep the Traywick cousins together. The only ones left here now are Joan, Gaynell, and Hazel...We are all over 80 years old and have health issues, so we are “staying in “ because of Covid 19. Our bodies will not be at the services, but our hearts will be. ( I am not speaking for Hazel.). To Donna, Kelly, and Jimbo: My heartfelt love and sympathy to you and your families in the loss of such a wonderful man.
Love, Joan, Wayne, and Gaynell

Nancy Jennings

June 24, 2020

So happy that I got to know Big Jim! My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

Donna Palmer

June 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Traywick family during this sad time.

Barbara Upton

June 24, 2020

Jim was such a pleasure to be around. I was a care giver to Jim for a short time. He had the most wonderful sense of humor I have ever seen. It was an honor for me to know Jim and his wonderful family. My prayers are with them.


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