MEADOWVIEW, Va. – Jimmy Dean Counts Jr., age 51, departed this life and entered into eternal rest on Feb. 20, 2008, after a brave and arduous battle with lung cancer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Jimmy was a member of the Mount Carmel Christian Church in Meadowview, where he gave his heart and life to the Lord and was baptized into the Christian faith. Jimmy was an outdoorsman and avid sportsman, who enjoyed life in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where he was a lifelong resident. He loved animals and the beauty of nature. He enjoyed farming, hunting, bowling, traveling and all types of fishing, especially deep-sea fishing. Jimmy traveled often to New England, where he visited with family. He especially enjoyed trips to Martha's Vineyard and St. Martin. Jimmy was a very special gift from God to his family and friends. Jimmy's enormous heart overflowed with love to everyone near and dear to him. He will be missed more than words can say. Life here on earth was made a better place simply by Jimmy's existence and he will be missed forever by his family and friends. Each of us looks forward to the day we will see him again in heaven.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Floyd Roscoe Counts and Cora Barnett Counts; his maternal grandparents, Ewell Gregory and Mary Parris Gregory; his brother, Jeffrey Lee Counts; his father, Jimmy Dean Counts Sr.; his son, Matthew Adam Counts, who died in infancy; and his uncles, Bill Counts, B.L. Counts and Vernon Counts.
Surviving Jimmy are his devoted wife, soul mate and caregiver, Santha Hayton Counts of the home; his son, Jimmy Dean Counts III (Jamie) of Gastonia, N.C.; three daughters, Heather Renee Counts of Raleigh, N.C., Jodi Lee Counts of Lebanon, Va., and Courtney Renee Counts of Meadowview; his beloved mother, Mildred Gregory Counts of North Hampton, N.H.; his sister, Caroline Counts Levine of North Hampton, who Jimmy often referred to as one of his guardian angels; one brother and one sister by his dad's second marriage, Jay Vernon Counts and Angel Dawn Counts Tyson of Waxhaw, N.C.; four precious granddaughters (his pride and joy), Bailey Shae Kinder, Jordan Aryn Mathis and Elizabeth Jade Mathis of Lebanon and Laci Madison Counts of Meadowview; uncles, Bob Counts of Tallahassee, Fla., and Kenneth Gregory of Meadowview; aunts, Ernestine Gregory Davis of Roxboro, N.C., and Betty Sue Gregory Medicus of Abingdon, Va.; a special nephew, James Colby Levine; two special nieces, Olivia Griffin and Victoria Griffin of North Hampton and Charity Counts Bergstrom of Charlotte, N.C.; nieces, Kayley Tyson, Dixie Tyson and Emma Counts; three nephews, Daniel Counts, Nicholas Counts and Jackson Counts of Waxhaw; his church family; numerous cousins and friends; and of special mention, his other family, the Haytons, and his very special cousin, Michelle Gregory.
The family will receive friends at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be held at Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. The interment will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon. The service will be conducted by Rev. Jim Pence and Dr. Tal Stanley.
Pallbearers will include Rodney Humphrey, Roger Davis, Tony Surber, John David Sanders, Ray Stacy and Travis Hayton. Honorary pallbearers include Bob Levine, Colby Levine, Kelvin Davenport, Darrell Davenport, Bobby Hayton, Buster Perkins, Billy Sanders, G.C. Brown and Dr. Jonathan Swank.
Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 246, Abingdon, VA 24212; or to the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to extend their heart-felt gratitude to all who have given of their time and have been supportive of Jimmy and the family. To each and everyone who sent messages of love and encouragement to Jimmy and the family, by e-mails, cards and telephone calls, we wish to express our deepest appreciation. Most of all, we thank you for the many prayers. May the Lord bless you.
Those wishing to send memories or messages of sympathy may do so online by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
The Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, is serving the family of Jimmy Dean Counts Jr.
Published in Bristol Herald Courier from February 22 to February 24, 2008