James R. Davis
November 23, 1948 - May 5, 2024

James “Jim” Davis, 75, of Southport, NC, born on November 23, 1948, in Maxton, NC, peacefully completed his life’s journey on May 5, 2024, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia, NC.

Jim honorably served his country with two tours in Vietnam, 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and continued his dedication to service with a distinguished twenty-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant (MSGT).

Jim had a zest for life, and enjoyed golfing, fishing, and the camaraderie of playing cards. He loved gathering with friends, sharing jokes, and lighting up the room with his infectious smile. He found joy in dancing the shag and spending serene days at the beach with his beloved wife and their cherished dog, Chancellor.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Queen Esther Hunt and Lacy D. Locklear; his nurturing grandparents, Eva and Willie Locklear, who raised him; his beloved son, Randy; his dear brothers, Martin, Ricky, and Willie; and his furry baby and best friend, Chancellor.

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife, Lynn Klemme; his daughter, Donna Davis, and his son, Tony Davis; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Floyd Locklear (Nell); his brother Wallace Locklear (Eva), his sister Patricia Johann (Pete), his brother Redell Locklear (Vickey), his sister Faye Johann, his brother Lacy Dwight Locklear, his brother Daryl Locklear (April) along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Lynn extends heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia, NC, for their loving care and concern for Jim during his final days.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 2 PM at the Holiday Inn in Pembroke, NC, where we will honor him with full military honors and remember his enduring spirit and humor.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to:
– Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422 or online at LifeCare.org

– Service Dogs for Veterans Program – Providing customized service dogs for veterans, service members, and their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities. https://paws4people.org/faqs/

The mailing address for paws4people is 1121C-324 Military Cutoff Rd. Wilmington 28405.


Arrangements in the care of Coastal Cremations- Carolina Shores.


  • Don & Rita Plebuch Posted May 19, 2024 10:42 pm

    Our short time with Jim generated treasured memories… a good friend, committed to country, generous, and loving with an outlook on life that left an enduring impression that will live on in our hearts forever. Semper Fi – Always faithful.

  • Terry Roman Posted May 20, 2024 2:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss Lynn. Jim will be missed by many people. As you know, he was like a brother to me. I have many wonderful memories of him and some of the crazy things we did. I will miss him forever.

  • Linda Owens Posted May 20, 2024 8:21 pm

    Dear Lynn:
    We are so sorry. We know that your loss is Heaven’s gain. May God Bless and keep you. Prayers and love. Love you Don & Linda.

  • Joe Parsons Posted May 20, 2024 10:56 pm

    My deepest condolences to you Lynn. I had the privilege of working with Jim for a couple of years while in the Air Force. He was the epitome of a dedicated non-commissioned officer. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman.


  • James & Nicole Posted May 21, 2024 11:26 am

    Even though we only knew Jim a short time, we saw his genuine kindness and humor. So thankful to have met him.

  • Debora & Wayne Wehunt Posted May 21, 2024 8:21 pm

    Dear Lynn. We have been friends for a very long time and we had the pleasure of sharing good times and many laughs and great dinners together. We will miss Jim but he is in a better place and has a big smile on his face. No more pain or tears. I know u will miss him but one day u will see him again. He was a great guy and husband and he loved to have fun. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers with you Love ya! Wayne & Debora

  • Lynn Toorigian Posted May 22, 2024 7:59 am

    What a wonderful tribute to Jim! I didn’t meet him but can only imagine what a wonderful person he was …. Truly a void now in the lives of family and friends. He will be honored by his service to this country and those who served with Jim. He is resting in peace now and the love and fun he gave those around him will never leave you . I can only feel how sad you are but those wonderful memories will be with you forever! Love … Lynn

  • Al and Emma Secrest Posted May 22, 2024 8:05 am

    Lynn we are so sorry for your loss. We were both so privileged to have known and called Jim our friend. We sure all miss him but remember all the many card games and wonderful meals Al knew and served with him. They love to reminisce about the good times and common friends.
    You will be in our prayers

  • Latanya Shannon Posted May 22, 2024 11:05 pm

    Lynn, sending you my deepest condolences during this difficult time. May you find comfort knowing Jim is in a better place with Chancellor. Love you❤️

  • Susan Lumpkin Posted May 23, 2024 6:34 am

    Dearest Lynne, although I did not know Jim, my heart is broken for you! You’ve always told me how kind and thoughtful Jim was. Do know he is in God’s hands and one day you will be reunited with your beloved Jim. Prayers for your family
    Much love, Susan

  • Linda Locklear Posted May 24, 2024 11:28 pm

    Have many beautiful memories of James when we were young. Will always love ❤️ my cousin and his beautiful wife Lynn. Sending Love ❤️ and Prayers for God’s comfort and peace

  • Vickey Locklear Posted May 28, 2024 9:26 pm

    Our deepest condolences to James’s wife and immediate family. Continued prayers for peace during this difficult time 🙏

  • Matts Cesenaro Posted May 29, 2024 6:23 pm

    I enjoyed the visits to Greenville when James cooked on the grill and we sat around talking and eating all day. Chancellor was James sidekick. Chancellor always barked at me and wouldn’t let me near James. We had good times when Lynne, James and Chancellor came to visit N.C. too.
    Love Matts (Shirley.and Tony’s daughter)

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