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Job K. Savage Jr., of Wilmington, died peacefully on the morning of Aug. 10, 2015, at the age of 100.

He was born in Edgecombe County on Nov. 2, 1914.

Job is survived by his beloved wife, Agnes C. Savage, with whom he enjoyed many adventures during their almost 77 years of marriage. He also is survived by 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Job K. Savage Sr. and Florence Felton Savage and his siblings, Edith Pricilla Savage Waters, Mary Elizabeth Savage Wommack and Jack Felton Savage.

Job grew up in and around Tarboro, excelling in sports and school. He served his country proudly for four years during World War II as an anti-aircraft officer and he retired from the National Guard in 1965 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from N.C. State University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in the same field.

He then began a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. After retiring from that position, he worked as an agricultural consultant, mainly in developing nations. His work took him all over the world and he visited and worked in more than 50 countries over his lifetime. Job and Agnes spent the last 15 years of their colorful life together in her hometown of Wilmington, and there they enjoyed the care and company of their friend, Cee McIntyre.

A service will be held for Job at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2015, at the chapel at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street, followed by a graveside service at Oakdale Cemetery.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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