James Porter “JP” Jayroe,
84, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Colleton
County Medical Center. He was a resident of Veterans Victory House,
Walterboro, SC since September 2013.
Mr. Jayroe was born one
of eight children to Constance Finklea Jayroe and James Marvin Jayroe on
July 3, 1932 in Georgetown County on the eastern part of Walker Road, “friendship
section”. He attended the old Oak Grove Elementary School and Andrews
High School. He was a United States Army Veteran. He served
in the Korean War and received the National Defense Service Medal and the
Good Conduct Medal. He utilized his GI benefits to obtain a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Industrial Management and a Minor in Math from Clemson
University in 1960. He was a former employee with Charleston Naval
Shipyard and was a 18 year employee of International Paper Company where
he was the Laboratory Manager in the Container Division. He chose
a second career and became the Executive Directory of the Georgetown County
Council on Aging where he served for over 20 years. He was
a member of Sampit United Methodist Church and Herbert United Methodist
Church. He was an avid Clemson “Tiger” fan and loved watching all
football games. He loved all music especially old hymns and John
Denver. He was known as a math whiz; his quick wit and enjoyment
of talking politics with anyone. While at Veterans Victory House,
he made the daily announcements and participated in all activities.
He leaves behind:
a sister, Joyce J. (Donald) Gunter. He is also survived by numerous
nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews whom he dearly loved.
He is also survived by many cousins.
He was predeceased by: his
parents; four sisters, Lila J. Bath, Thelma J. McGee, Mable J. Epps, and
Claire J. Brown-Thomas; and two brothers, Russell A. Jayroe and Oneil M.
A Christian Service will
be 1:00PM, Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Sampit United Methodist Church, 1077
Saints Delight Road, Georgetown, SC directed by the Georgetown Chapel of
McKenzie Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Daniel Cooper,
Chaplain for Veterans Victory House.
Viewing will be prior to
the Christian Service at 12:30PM in the church sanctuary.
A reception will be held
in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to:
Sampit United Methodist Church, 1077 Saints Delight Road, Georgetown, SC
29440 OR Tara Hall, 510 Tara Hall Road, Georgetown, SC 29440.
The Jayroe family would
like to extend a special “Thank You” to the Myrtle Beach Estates Assisted
Living Facility and the Veterans Victory House Nursing Home for their compassion
and excellent care that was shown during his stay with them.