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James Christian Kalwite

On January 19, 2019, Jimmy Kalwite, 42 years old and a native of Somerton, passed peacefully surrounded by the love of his family following a long illness.  He is survived by his father Louis Kalwite Jr., mother Evelyn Flowers, brother Louis Kalwite III, and sister Katherine Kalwite. Also surviving are his wife Jennifer “Dinky” Jernigan and their children Jada, Abigail, and James “Bubby”, mother-in-law Delores Jernigan, sister-in-law and “first baby” Maggie Jernigan Tedder (James), brother-in-law Chris Myers (Krissy), sister-in-law Gracie Jones, and an extended family of aunts, nephews, and cousins.

A special thanks to Vidant Heart Hospital, Dr. Amico, Dr. Alwair, Dr. Anciano, Dr. Outlaw, Skip Bangley, the physicians, nurses, care partners, and support staff for the care, dedication, and humanity that they showed to Jimmy until the end.  Thank you to Somerton United Methodist Church, friends, and neighbors for their generosity and acts of kindness during this entire journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at R.W. Baker Funeral Home located at 509 W. Washington Street Suffolk, VA 23434.  Following the service, a celebration of life will be held at 160 W. Washington Street. A special thanks to Heather (Harrell) Ferguson and Brian F. Saunders & Associates for the use of their space and Crystal Babb for all of your support and assistance in facilitating these arrangements.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please let us know if there's anything we can do. Much love sent

Matthew and Jennifer McMillan May 13 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you Dinky. And also the entire family. I'm so sorry for you guys loss. Heaven gained another Angel.

Florence Jones Batson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers and love to you all!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

Jennifer read & family May 13 2021 12:00 AM

RIP Jimmy. He was a great friend. Sorry for yalls loss.

Lisa Henderson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

RIP Jimmy!... we love yall! You're all are in our thoughts and prayers!

Greg and Pamela Tedder May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out for Dinkie and the entire family.

Nancy Cocco May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I pray for strength for your family. God Bless you and your Family. Love to you all.

Denise "Neecy" Mack May 13 2021 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to get this news. Louis and all the family, we know this is so hard for you to understand and comprehend. I remember when our boys were little and visited and played together. We.re not supposed to out live our children. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and pray that God will see you through. Love to all of you, including Lou 111 and Jimmy,s wife and children. Please let us know what we can do for you all.

Johnny and Joan Fowler Minter May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sending my love to Katie and family. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with you all. I pray for comfort for you and the family during this time. Love to you all!

Rachel Ceney May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Katie and family I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers will be with ya'll through this time of loss.

Robin Baker Rawls May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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