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James "Jimmy" Harold Tootle

May 4, 1934 — June 6, 2024

Merritt Island, FL/Reidsville

James H. Tootle, 90, of Merritt Island passed away peacefully with family by his side, June 6, 2024.

Referred to as “Jimmy” by his family and “Jim” by close friends and colleagues, Jimmy was born on May 4, 1934, in Tattnall County, to Harold and Lillie Tootle. His siblings included his two living brothers, Ray and Marcus. Jimmy also had 2 brothers who preceded him in death, Theo and Carroll and 3 sisters, Janice, Betty, and Sue.

Jimmy graduated from Reidsville High School in 1951 and after graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College he joined the United States Air Force in December 1955. He spent the next 23 years in the Air Force proudly serving his country being stationed in Texas, Florida, Georgia, The Philippines, New York, Germany, Vietnam, South Carolina, Okinawa, and finally Illinois. He earned multiple Bronze Service, Meritorious Service and Air Force Commendation Medals before retiring July 31, 1979.

While stationed in Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam in 1969, he met his loving wife Anh, and they were married October 1, 1971. They were blessed with two daughters, Joy and Janet. Upon retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to Merritt Island and Jimmy embarked on a new career with the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier which he pursued for 17 years. He retired from the USPS in 1998. In the immediate years upon retirement, he helped Anh run her alterations shop in Merritt Island. Upon her retirement, they continued life in Merritt Island being loyal members of Grace United Methodist Church. Jimmy also proudly continued Tootle family reunions on the Tootle Farm in Reidsville with the help of his brothers.

Jimmy will always be remembered as selfless, patient, and generous, always giving to others and never asking for anything in return. He was the ultimate caretaker to his children, grandchildren, parents, in-laws, sister, and in his final years to his loving wife Anh.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Anh, his daughter Joy (Jeff) of Gainesville, Florida and daughter Janet (Kurt) of Harwood, Maryland. He has four beautiful grandchildren Jamey (15), Jasmine (11), Lillie (10), and James (6); brothers, Marcus (Suzanne) Tootle of Rincon and Ray (Cindy) Tootle of Metter

The family will receive friends at 10:00am on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at the Grace Pointe Church in Reidsville with the funeral services to follow at 11:00am with Reverend John Crosby officiating. Interment will be in the Reidsville City Cemetery where military honors will be rendered by the US Air Force.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association, or Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island.

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