Polkton – Mr. James L. “Jimmy” Gilmore, age 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, September 28, 2020.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 3:00PM Thursday, October 1st, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Swaringen officiating. Interment will be private. The family will greet friends in the church immediately following the service.
Born in Anson County on April 2, 1940, Jimmy was a son of the late James Clifton and Jewel Harrington Gilmore Cranford. He was a retired long-distance truck driver. Jimmy was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church having served as a deacon and the choir director, remaining active until his health began to fail. He also was an avid fan of sports cars. He was a better than average mechanic and enjoyed fast cars and hot-rods. But Jimmy’s greatest love was that of his family. He cherished his wife, Mary Frances, and adored each of his kids with the love and understanding that only the best fathers can provide. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Frances Neal Gilmore of the home; five daughters, Mary Neal Hall (Jimmy) of Matthews, Anna Marie Farr (David) of Little River, SC, Melanie Scercy of Holden Beach, Sabrina Watts of Holden Beach and Monte Griffin of Marshville; one son, Jim Gilmore (Amy) of Unionville; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Jimmy is also survived by two brothers, Walter “Beemie” Gilmore (Debbie) of Chesterfield, SC and Roy Cranford (Tina) of Wadesboro. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Phillip Scercy; and one grandchild.
The family suggest memorials be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, c/o Alice Cox, 12509 Hwy 742 N., Polkton, NC 28135.