James Ashley Koester

December 23, 1953 - November 10, 2023
James Ashley Koester

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James A. Koester, of the Town Creek Community, a husband, father, brother, and skilled tradesman, passed away on November 10, 2023,  at the age of 69.

Jimmy was born on December 23, 1953, in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Carl H. Koester and Norene Johnson Koester. He grew up alongside his brothers, Ron, Richard, and Carl Jr., forming a tight-knit family unit that shared countless memories throughout the years.

As a young man, Jimmy found his passion in welding and metal fabrication. He excelled in his work, showcasing an innate talent and dedication to his craft. His skills were highly sought after, and he took great pride in contributing to various projects during his career.

Beyond his professional life, Jimmy found solace and happiness in simple pleasures. He cherished spending time on his boat, embracing the tranquility of the open waters and the beauty of nature surrounding him. It was during these moments that he truly felt at peace.

Jimmy was blessed with a loving family who will forever cherish his memory. He is survived by his wife, Vicky Durham Koester, two children James A. Koester Jr., Michael Paul Koester, and two stepchildren Chris Durham, and Kendall Durham. Additionally, he leaves behind his brothers, Richard Koester and Carl H. Koester Jr., and wife, Beverly.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate Jimmy’s life will be held at 12 noon on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The service will be led by Certified Life Celebrant Linda Register, who will guide friends and family through a heartfelt tribute to Jimmy’s remarkable journey. Following the service, he will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery.

Visitation for loved ones will begin at 11 am and continue until the start of the service, providing an opportunity for individuals to pay their final respects and offer support to one another during this difficult time.

James A. Koester will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved him, cherishing the legacy he leaves behind.

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  • November 16, 2023
    Richard Cheshire says:
    When I was in the Navy and stationed at Norfolk VA in mid 70s, I use to drive to Wilmington and stay with Terry Capps. That's when I met Jimmy. Jimmy was doing contract welding where ever he could get the work. Spent many a night in the early hours of the morning just talking with Jimmy (of course, a few snorts of Maker's Mark helped keep the conversations going!). Such an easy going gentleman and always seemed to be interested in your stories. I will never forget that LTD he drove. I will always remember Jimmy and cherish the time we spent together.

  • November 15, 2023
    Terry Capps says:
    Jimmy and I have been friends since 1964 when we first met at Sunset Park Elementary School in Wilmington. We shared many fishing trips together on Town Creek where Jimmy lived. I will always remember Jimmy and the great times we had together as friends and as my Brother-in-Law. Rest in peace Jim Bo...Terry