James “Jim” O’Herron, formerly of Wilmington, NC, and previously from Raleigh, NC, passed away October 23rd at Clare Bridge of Cary in Cary, NC. He suffered for the last eight years from Frontotemporal Dementia and died from complications of the disease.
Jim was born November 9, 1943 in Elmira, NY to the late Daniel Joseph O’Herron and Dorothy Nixon O’Herron. He spent his childhood in Elmira and graduated from Notre Dame High School. He enlisted in the US Army in 1963 as a combat medic and was selected for Airborne School and the Special Forces Medical Course, after which he served with the 3rd Special Forces Group. He was selected for Officers Candidate School and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1966. He served with the 23rd Infantry Division, during which he served, amongst other things, as a Rifle Company Commander from 1967 to 1968 in Vietnam. During this time he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He served as a Major with the 46th Company Special Forces in Thailand in 1974. He retired from Active Duty in 1983.
Following the conclusion of his 20 year Army career, Jim created and ran Rainmaker Marketing, a successful national legal marketing firm, for twenty years. However, his greatest accomplishment, he would tell you, was his family. He had three daughters with wife, Wendy Vogler: Heather Kathleen O’Herron (Ian Bennett), Kelly Christine Kunkel (Randy) and Jessica O’Herron Sykes. Later, he added a son, Adam Francis O’Herron, with his wife, Cristy Coiner. “Pocky” was loved by his seven grandchildren - Adam Hawks, Jake Blalock, Nathan, Brandon & Sean Kunkel, and Lorelai & Violet Sykes. Jim had a colossal sense of humor. He loved storytelling and you never knew just how much was true or embellished. He was a wordsmith, a teller of tall tales and a lover of golf and a good book. He will truly be missed, but we celebrate his reunion with his parents and with his lovely wife, Jill.
He is predeceased by his wife, Michael Jill Stanley. He is survived by his brother Dan O’Herron and wife Melinda of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The family appreciates and thanks the many family and friends, near and far, who have supported them throughout Jim’s illness. A huge thank you is extended to the wonderful and loving staff at Clare Bridge of Cary and to the amazing Hospice angels at Transitions LifeCare. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in his memory to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (www.theaftd.org), Alzheimers NC (www.alznc.org) and Transitions LifeCare (www.transitionslifecare.org). Cards of Condolences for the family may be sent to: The Kunkels, 2401 Flints Pond Cir., Apex, NC 27523 or firstname.lastname@example.org