Jimmie Dwayne Clary

February 8, 1948October 12, 2021

Jimmie Dwayne Clary, age 73, of Southport, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 after a lengthy battle with Dementia. Jim was born February 8, 1948 in Catron, MO, son of the late Howard A. Clary and Ocie Pearl Draper Clary.

Jim grew up in Missouri and attended Southeast Missouri State University, graduating with a B.S. Business Administration specializing in Organizational Development & Management Consultant Training, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was a proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity beginning in 1968 and has proudly worn his fraternity all his life.

Before reporting to Navy Officer Candidate School in 1970, he temporarily worked at Kroger as a management trainee in the Produce Dept.

Jim was commissioned and assigned as a Division Officer, on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) Fast Attack Aircraft Carrier (1970-72) responsible for 67 men. He also served as one of five qualified Underway Surface Warfare Officers of the Deck out of 130 ship’s officers. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Reserve in 1993.

Following the Navy, Jim and his family moved to Wilmington, NC. From 1974 – 1978, he worked for Federal Paper Board Co., Riegelwood, NC as their Employment Manager. In 1978, he went to work for Xerox Corporation, Wilmington, NC as a Senior Sales Executive and Major Account Executive.

In 1984, Jim joined Ricoh Corporation, Wilmington, NC as a Senior District Sales Manager.

In 1991, he was recruited by Image Office Systems, Raleigh, NC and was the President/General Manager (1991-1998). In 1998, he was recruited again by Carolina Office Equipment Co. (COECO), Raleigh, NC. After moving to Southport, NC, he continued to work for a satellite office of COECO in Wilmington, NC.

In 1998, Jim and Judy bought The Brunswick Inn on the Cape Fear River in Southport and turned that “mansion” into a “working” bed and breakfast, which they owned until 10/2019. They were now innkeepers and out of the corporate world.

In 2007, Jim became a realtor/BIC and worked with a couple small companies before he and Judy joined Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and became The Clary Team. Jim worked in this area until retiring in the end of 2017.

In his “spare” time, Jim enjoyed his Boston Whaler, fishing with the grandchildren and the “Doodlebug” – his Catalina sailboat.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Lundberg Clary; his three children, Jill Clary Kyles (Scott), James Patrick Clary and Jennifer Clary Hunt (Mark) and two step children, Amy VanStry Faruqui,

(Michael) and Michael VanStry (Alex); six grandchildren – Josiah, Naomi, Quinn, Nolan, Harrison and Avery and as “Geba” to Hayley; a brother David H. Clary and wife, Carolyn; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his favorite fur babies, Roxie and Tinkerbell.

Jim was loved and will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and step children and step granddaughter. We pray that he is whole and healed with His Maker. And there is no doubt in any of our minds that he is in heaven already telling his ‘Navy’ stories”!

No celebration of life is planned at this time as his ashes will be scattered at sea. Sail on, Sail on Sailor.

Jim’s wish was to donate his body to East Carolina University – The Brody School of Medicine, but because of the pandemic, they could not accept the donations.

Donations can now be made in his memory to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare c/o SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422.

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Michael Bass

October 21, 2021

This is difficult to write. Jan & I have known Jim since 1972, meeting him at Winter Park Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC. Jan & I became members of his Sunday School class and became close to his traditional family and his Church family. Jim, Larry & I became close as "Brothers" even using that as a nickname or greeting. I was the younger of the three and looked to Jim and Larry as Mentors. Jim has supported me since we met. He leaves Jan & I with lots of fun and fond memories from all our years before. I will truly miss Brother and his most fun loving personality.

All the best to Jim's entire family. May you all have Sunny Days.

Ginger Dunn

October 21, 2021

Judy my heart and love goes out to you dear sidewalk friend - jim was always lovely to work with and truly was always smiling. He loved what he did ! The knowledge of knowing you will see him again is a great comfort - prayers for your family❣️

Sandra Cash

October 18, 2021

I’ve known Jim Nd Judy for a long time. And I absolutely loved them. Jim was such a gentleman and was always smiling. He and Judy let our kids have our 50 year anniversary party at their B&B. I t was given by our children and was a huge surprise. I’m going to miss that great smile. I hope to support Judy with anything she needs

Bain Jones

October 18, 2021

Jim was a talented businessman and caring friend. He had a wonderful heart and would help anyone. Judy was the light of his life and Betsy and I had many happy times especially Bermuda. We send thoughts and prayers to all his family

Jill Kyles

October 18, 2021

My Dad accomplished alot in his life. He was a great Dad when we were younger. I have always loved his love for music....from recording the end of year countdowns in the den together, him strumming a England Dan and John Ford Coley tune on the guitar or playing a favorite tune on the piano to not being able to hear Pat Benetar or Phil Collins without thinking of him. He used to say to me.... "if they put school work to rock would get straight A's"....probably true. Most Saturdays were filled with rollerskating, American Bandstand, and bologna sandwiches. He was my counselor when I needed to vent and the one who always made us laugh. He provided me with an education and some of the street smarts I have needed along the way. I can't smell a garden without thinking of the times we spent in ours when I was I little or the time he jumped the chain link and almost lost a finger saving my sister from the road. All the great memories come flooding in when we lose the ones that have had such a huge impact on our lives. So thankful for our time we had visiting in your home a few years ago...God knew and carried me through that day from beginning to end. So thankful to my sister for caring for you in the more difficult days that followed. You can rest now, you are healed, and we will see you soon! 😉

Jacqui Darroch

October 18, 2021

Dear Judy,
I got to know Jim a bit through your love of him. I’m he had you in his life, and you had him.
My condolences to you and the family.

Jennifer Hunt

October 15, 2021

Dad was always fun loving and enjoyed laughing. One of my favorite memories is when he took me fishing and was playfully picking on me for using a whole shrimp and then as soon as I cast the line I caught a 3 pound trout. He loved it and then went and surprised me by having it mounted.

He absolutely loved to laugh. The last couple years some of his favorite times Have been making silly faces back-and-forth with his granddaughter and grandson. Even to the end, he had a positive attitude at all times. Dad, you are very loved and very much missed!!