FAYETTEVILLE — Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. James Lavon Choate Sr., 78, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
James was born to the late Wanda Whitaker Faulkner and Joe B. Choate on Nov. 25, 1941, in Clay County, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by one son, Gary Choate; and a great-grandchild, Dion Graham.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geraldine (Gerry); children, Darlene Bowers, James Choate Jr., Bryan Choate, Dawn Stanley (Cameron), Darrell Choate (Zena) and Sherry Lowes (John); 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Choate (Diane) and David Faulkner Jr. (Kris); as well as many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
James retired from the U.S. Army after serving 24 years. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served two tours. He received the Bronze Star with Valore, Purple Heart and Vietnam Service Medal (five campaigns). He later retired from the U.S. Post Office after 14 years as a letter carrier in Dunn.
James was an unselfish, compassionate, very patient, matter-of-fact man who always gave good advice and served his community. He was the commander of VFW Post 4542, as well as the shop steward of the Dunn Post Office. He would do anything for family and friends and particularly enjoyed grilling, planning and hosting events for the family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at New Hope Baptist Church, Spring Lake, with Pastor Wayne Schlink officiating. Interment with military honors will immediately follow at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Bragg. The family will receive friends and family from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Adcock Funeral Home in Spring Lake.
In keeping with CDC and North Carolina Guidelines during the pandemic, masks should be worn and social distancing should be maintained at all times.
Services entrusted to Adcock Funeral Home and Crematory, Spring Lake.
Condolences may be made at adcockfuneralandcrematory.com.