James Robert Croom, Sr.

October 17, 1944 - December 31, 2018
James Robert Croom, Sr.

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James Robert Croom, Sr. age 74, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Wilmington, on October 17, 1944, the son of James Harold Croom and Evelyn Rackley Croom.

James worked as a Supervisor in the Heating and Air Conditioning business.

He is survived by his wife, Addie Mae Croom; sons and and their wives: Jimmy and Sam Croom, Tony and Jenny Croom, Herbie and Tammy Croom, and John and Trish Sandlin; his brothers and their wives: Tommy and Alicia Croom, David and Cheryle Croom, and Gene and Cecilia Croom; adopted sister Rowena “Bit” Williams. He is also survived by his grandkids: Tamara and Ryan Watkins, Tyler Croom, Cameron Croom, Jusena Croom, CJ Croom, Austin Croom, Alyssa Croom, Herbie Croom Jr., Matt Croom, and Kaitlynn Croom; great grandkids: Brandon Watkins, Courtney Watkins, Deziray Watkins, Ayden Croom, Adalynn Croom, Braiden Croom, Aubree Simpson and Justin Croom.

Pallbearers for the service are: Davey Croom, Barry Croom, Tyler Croom, Cameron Croom, CJ Croom, Austin Croom, Marty Mason, Luke Mason and John Sandlin.

James loved spending time with his large family and his church family, golfing and fishing.

The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held Friday, January 4, 2019, from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Gibson Avenue Baptist Church, 2037 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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  • January 03, 2019
    Michelle Croom lit a candle:
    Lit since January 3, 2019 at 1:07:49 PM

  • January 07, 2019
    Linda Rackley Longley says:
    So sorry for your loss. Had I known, I would have surely been at the service. Robert is in his eternal home now, pain free. Your family is in my prayers.

  • January 05, 2019
    Lois Croom Macon says:
    Dear Croom family, praying for you to have the peace that only our Lord can give. RIP Robert. l am working on Croom family history and as best as I can find, James Robert is the grandson of my Uncle Robert Royal Croom. I am the daughter of James Cleveland Croom Sr. If I am wrong, please accept my apologies. It is in times of grief that we somehow find some of our precious ancestors. God Bless each one.

  • January 05, 2019
    Janet Patterson says:
    Austin and CJ - we are so sorry for your loss. I understand your Paw Paw was a huge influence over your lives and his presence will be missed. We love you - Cody, Janet, Jerry and Rianne.

  • January 05, 2019
    Norma Gelabert - Pepe Aguilar says:
    We were honored and blessed to have known Mr. Croom and even though we only knew him for a short time, he taught my husband and I so much. He taught us that there still is kindness and love in this crazy world that we live in. He was hard working, honest, kind and the most honorable man that we have ever met. We truly enjoyed working with him and seeing his Christmas lights at his house which meant so much to him. We will miss him so very much as I am sure his family will miss such a great man and a wonderful human being. He was the best role model anyone can ever wish for. Our deepest condolences to all of his family!!