Jimmie Douglas O’Daniell, Sr.

May 28, 1936 - March 18, 2024
Jimmie Douglas O’Daniell, Sr.

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Jimmie Douglas O’Daniell, Sr., of Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away on March 18, 2024, at the age of 87. He was born on May 28, 1936, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jim dedicated his life to serving others, starting his career with twenty years of honorable service in the United States Air Force, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant (E9) at Fort Fisher AFS. He went on to excel as the Director of Communications and Maintenance for Saudi Arabian Airlines. His work ethic and leadership were truly inspiring to all who knew him.

Throughout his life, Jim was actively involved in various organizations, including being a member of the Wilmington Lodge 319 A. F. & A. M., the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Wilmington, Orient of North Carolina, and the Arab Shrine Club. He also served as President of the Club and was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he worked as a real estate agent in the Wilmington area and was a former deacon at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church.
His passions were fishing and golf but his greatest enjoyment came from watching sports and discussing politics with his best friend Ken Smith.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jean Williams O’Daniell; his son, Jimmie D O’Daniell, Jr., and daughter, Julie O’Daniell Powell; his grandson, C. J. Powell; and his sisters, Mary Mitchell and Shirley Parks.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Service, with Reverend Dondi Costin officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtoncares.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Jim’s legacy of service and dedication will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.




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  • April 11, 2024
    Erika and Dick Campbell says:
    Jean, it's so sad to see my friend of 58 years pass on. We've gone through a lot of a great life together. Erika and I send our condolences to you and the family.

  • April 05, 2024
    Nancy Ann Bobowiec says:
    Dear Jean, So sorry to hear of your husband's death. May the passing of time help to ease your pain. With deepest sympathy. Nancy Bobowiec

  • March 25, 2024
    Sarah Booth says:
    Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. Know that I will be lifting you and your family up in prayer.

  • March 23, 2024
    Jack & Pat Wilson says:
    It is always difficult to lose a friend who always brought a smile to your face. You definitely will be missed.

  • March 21, 2024
    Debbie Vincent says:
    I am sorry for your loss. My he rest in peace