AUGUSTA — James S. Crockett Jr., 64, of Jay, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at Togus, after being seriously ill for a brief time.
He was born in Farmington, Aug. 28, 1948, son of J. Sherman Crockett Sr. and Dawn (Whittemore) Crockett. He was raised in North Jay and graduated from Jay High School in 1966.
He enlisted in the U.S Navy and made his career in the military for 22 years, during which time he served in Idaho, the Azores, Winter Harbor, Puerto Rico and Pensacola, Fla., and retired with a rank of chief petty officer.
While in the military, he was blessed by the birth of his only daughter, Erica Lynn (Crockett) Carwile, who was truly the joy of his life. Erica currently lives in Virginia Beach, Va. She married Gene Carwile and Jim was further blessed with twin grandsons, Rick and Wesley, who are now 11 years old.
After retiring from the Navy, Jim fulfilled his life long dream of returning to Maine. He was employed at Central Maine Medical Center as security officer of the IT Department. He retired from CMMC in 2003. During his retirement, he was blessed to find his soul mate, Christa Salley of Skowhegan, whom he married on Feb. 18, 2006 in Jay. They shared a very special relationship while residing on Oak Street in Jay. Christa was by Jim’s side throughout his illness and his passing, always praying for him and reassuring him of the love of his Lord and of his eternal life.
Jim had an extraordinary love for his family and friends, enjoyed the out-of-doors as a child and became an avid photographer. His other hobbies included electronics, woodworking, visiting lighthouses and he especially enjoyed time at Bailey Island.
He is survived by his wife, Christa Crockett of Jay; his daughter, Erica Carwile and her husband, Gene and two grandsons, Wesley and Rick Carwile of Virginia Beach, Va.; his only sibling, Vicki (Crockett) Roy of Poland Spring and her children, Anthony Roy of Bridgton, Andrew and wife, Rachelle Roy of Bridgton and Brittany Dawn Roy of Poland Spring and her partner, Joshua Gilpatrick; his stepchildren, Claudio Melis of Germany, Anya and Paul Hanoville of Florida, Jane Lefebvre and partner, Craig Egleston, of Massachusetts, Ramona and husband, Bill Julliano, of Benton and Joseph and Gretchen Salley of Oakland; stepgrandchildren, Danny, Elizabeth, Brianna, Abby, AJ, Trenton and Lavinia; his nieces, Olivia and Avery; nephews, Carson and Parker; and many friends and relatives.
Jim was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Percy and Della Whittemore of North Anson; his paternal grandparents, Cecil and Bette Crockett of Skowhegan; and his parents, James Sherman and Dawn Crockett of Jay.
Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with Jim’s family and friends on his tribute wall at www.wilesrc.com.