James Curry “Jimmy” Schupp Jr., 65, loved heartfelt melodies that touched his heart and soul

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James Curry "Jimmy" Schupp Jr.
James Curry “Jimmy” Schupp Jr.

WILMINGTON — James Curry “Jimmy” Schupp Jr. Oct. 31, 1951 – Nov. 3, 2016. If you never met my dad, you truly missed an amazing man.

He was a great southpaw pitcher in Little League, and continued through high school. In college, he married my mom, and they have celebrated 46 wonderful years together. He worked for Textilease for 27 years, and later Del Labs.

He was a fan of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Alabama football, Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks. He loved good food, a cold martini with bleu cheese, olives and great music built on poetic lyrics and heartfelt melodies that touched his heart and soul.

But most of all, he loved his family. He was always available for advice, money, support of any kind, and was always ready with a movie quote. His advice to me every time I walked out the door was, “Act like you are somebody.”

He took care of his mother and, later, his 93-year-old aunt who thought he was the greatest nurse you could ever find.

He always made sure that we were very aware how much he loved us, and that he would, without a doubt, miss us like crazy. He would say, “Just because I leave you now doesn’t mean I love you any less.”

He spent his last days being cared for by my mom, my husband and me, and passed away peacefully at home with family by his side. The fact that he passed away just in time for happy hour was not lost on us, so in that vein, allow me to raise my glass to my dad, “Here’s to us, those like us, damn few.”

Go ‘Bama, Roll Tide.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his son, James Curry Schupp III; his father and mother, James Curry Schupp Sr. and Edna Dillon Schupp.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Hines Schupp of the home; his daughter, Carrie Schupp Petteway and her husband, DeVonn, of Morrisville, N.C.; and his biggest fan, his granddaughter, Kaylen James Petteway of Morrisville.

He also leaves behind three brothers, Lloyd Robuck and wife, Betty, of Wilmington; Charlie Robuck and wife, Catherin, of Wilmington; Bobby Schupp, and wife, Lyn, of Wilmington; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and family.

The family will receive friends Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 South 41st St., Wilmington, NC.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Robert Johnson and the staff at Wilmington Health; Dr. John Anagnost and the staff of Cape Fear Oncology; Transitions Life Care of Raleigh; and the countless thoughts and prayers that were with Jimmy through his illness and passing.