James "Jimmy" Aubrey Chadwick, 81, of Gloucester, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 25th at Munden Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Jonathan Griffin. Interment, with Masonic Rites, will follow at the Straits Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed through his obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. The service will remain on the Funeral Home website for 90 days. (See the link below for the Service Bulletin.)
Jimmy was born on November 11, 1941, in Beaufort, North Carolina, to the late Aubrey George Chadwick and Syble Smith Chadwick. He began working at a very young age, from gathering eggs so he could earn money to buy school clothes, to tinkering with cars and boats, he did all he could to help his mother and father.
Talented beyond measure, Jimmy was a self-taught auto mechanic, if he could take it apart, he could fix it. He saved enough money that at the age of 16, he bought his first car for just 50 dollars. As the times were back then, you had to know how to repair your own equipment. He pursued his passion for auto mechanics and bought the old McFarlin Hardware Store in Otway where he opened Chadwick's Garage in 1965. For more than 58 years, he serviced people’s vehicles from all over, especially those Down East as summer homes became more popular. People from inland would wait to get their repairs done at Chadwick's, by Jimmy, because he was so trustworthy and just that good. His son, Chris, purchased and merged the automotive repair business with his Tire Company in 2019 and Jimmy continued to work under the new umbrella.
Jimmy was very talented, mechanically inclined, and a jack of all trades. Proficient in electrical repair, plumbing, and building. With the help of many, he built the family home in Gloucester without blueprints. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do, and he did it well.
His favorite pastime was going out on his iconic boat, Bigfoot, to the Cape, the Yellow Shoals to find mullet, or Wade Shore in search of a clam. Jimmy was a legend in his time and a great friend to so many.
Those remaining to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 56 years, Ellen Faye Salter Chadwick; his son, Christopher James Chadwick and wife Kathryn Smith Chadwick of Stacy, NC, and their children, William Christopher and Larrington Lorraine; his daughter, Alisha Chadwick Tate and husband Dawayne of Chesapeake, VA and their children, Elaina Marie and Dawayne Christopher Tate II; sister, Linda M. Perry of Gloucester, NC and her children, Terry Gillikin, Cathy Perry, and James Allen "Buddy" Perry Jr., along with their families; brother-in-law, Edward Roscoe Salter of Stella, NC and his children, Vera Gail, Eddie, Ashley and Steven, along with their families; sister-in-law, Rebecca Salter Gupton of Rocky Mount, NC and her children, William and Lori and their families; and his beloved dog, Cookie.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother, Theodore Nicholas Chadwick.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Scouting Down East, P.O. Box 822, Williston, NC 28589, or the Carteret Health Care Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.