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Mayo, Jimmy McCoy

Jimmy McCoy Mayo was the only son of Silas and Juanita Mayo. Jim was born in Johnston County near Micro but grew up in Wilson County with his three sisters Margie, Patricia, and Shirley. He attended Lucama High School, but graduated from Kenly High School in 1960. While in high school, he enjoyed playing basketball and was a member of the FFA.

After high school he joined the Army and was in the Military Police from 1960 to 1963. Once he finished his tour of duty he returned home and joined the NC Highway Patrol. He was a patrolman in Cumberland, Duplin, and Wayne Counties. He retired from the Highway Patrol with 30 years of service in 1990.

Jim married Carrie Jean Meeks in 1967. They had one son Patrick and he adopted Carrie Jean's daughter Stephanie. He was a beloved brother, nephew, cousin, husband, dad, uncle and grandfather. Jim really loved his family and would do anything to help them. He will always be remembered by his family for the rides on the big tractors, 5th Avenues and honey buns, the trips to see the animals and his wonderful sweet corn.

Jim's love of farming started at an early age. He learned a lot about hard work and how to farm from his father and mother. The whole family worked and lived off the farm. Once Jim moved close to home in Wayne County, he never had much free time because he maintained dual careers. He would work full time as a patrolman and farmed during all his time off. In early 1970's he was severely injured while on duty but he was able to recover and it never limited his ability to be a patrolman or farmer. It was after this accident that he bought his first farm land. Jim frequently planted vegetables especially sweet corn. Many family and friends have benefited and enjoyed the fruits of his labors. He continued to farm fulltime until his death.

Jim was a member of Little Rock Free Will Baptist Church. Jim's hobbies included helping others. He was always helping his family, friends, and those in the community. He also enjoyed watching the Gaither videos with his mother and sisters. His favorite singers included Michael English and Lynda Randle. Jim enjoyed watching sports. In his later years, he enjoyed just stopping by and talking with people.

This memorial page was given in memory of Jimmy McCoy Mayo by the Kenly High School Class of 1960.

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