Jimmie Williford

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jimmie Richard Williford, 60, died Wednesday, October 21. A native of Ahoskie, he was a graduate of East Carolina University and received a Masters degree in Health and Physical Education from ECU. He became a Varsity and Junior Varsity Football coach at Manor High School. He served Portsmouth Public Schools for 36 years as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, and Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for all schools in Portsmouth. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn A. Williford; two sons, Paul R. Williford of Smithfield, VA and John R. Williford of Franklin, VA; a stepdaughter, Meredith Detweiler of Portsmouth, VA; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 in Aldersgate United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Drinkard and the Rev. Robert Cofield. The family will receive friends at Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Towne Bank, 5716 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23703 for the Jimmie R. Williford Athletic Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com.