James “Jim” F. Shotwell, Jr.

Published 2:51 pm Friday, February 3, 2023

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March 11, 1942 – January 29, 2023

MURFREESBORO – James “Jim” Fleetwood Shotwell, Jr., of Murfreesboro, NC, passed away on January 29, 2023. Jim was born to James, Sr. and Anne Shotwell on March 11, 1942. He graduated from Bethel Hill High School and from North Carolina State University, where he studied Forestry. He met the love of his life, Linda Moore Shotwell, in the summer of 1964 and they wed in 1967.

Upon graduation from NC State, Jim registered for the draft and joined the United States Army where he proudly served as an 82nd Airborne Trooper. After serving in the Army, he accepted a position with Union Camp Paper Company in Franklin, Virginia, where he worked until he retired.

Jim and Linda made their home in Murfreesboro and became an integral part of the community. Jim served with the Jaycees and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. By far, though, his favorite community involvement was serving as the public address announcer for the Hertford County Bears and Murfreesboro Raiders football teams for nearly forty years.

Jim was a loving Dad and Dado and a loyal friend. He loved the NC State Wolfpack and the NY Yankees. He raised generations of beautiful English Setters and quail-hunted with them every chance he got. He was a fierce competitor on local softball and volleyball teams, and an avid golfer. He was also the biggest fan of all of his grandchildren’s endeavors.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Linda, and his granddaughter, Jenna Leigh Sanders.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Sanders of Wilmington and Beverly Rogers of Apex; his sons-in-law, Todd Sanders and Pat Rogers; his grandchildren, Emily and Caroline Sanders, and Gentry and Patrick Rogers. He is also survived by his siblings, Nicky Shotwell, Don Shotwell, Marcia Slaughter and Susan Buchanan; and brother-in-law, Jim Slaughter, as well as his beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on February 25th at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 424 Church Street, Ahoskie, NC. The family will receive guests immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s honor may be made to PAWS of Hertford County at PO Box 153, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or a local youth sports organization of your choosing.