Jim Wynn. Photo courtesy of the family

William James Wynn III, 79, of Ocracoke died at home Aug. 1.

Born Nov. 30, 1943, to Lanie Boyette Wynn and William J. Wynn Jr. in Goldsboro, Jim grew up on Ocracoke Island raised by his loving extended family. 

As a child, he enjoyed riding the Ocracoke ponies and all of the adventures of life on the island at that time.  As a young man, he served in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Air Force. 

While raising his family, he worked successfully in the elevator industry and afterwards enjoyed traveling for many years with Carolyn aboard their sailboat, Carolina. 

Jim was best known for his love of and talent for music and spent many evenings playing guitar and singing songs for family and friends.

He will be especially missed for his fun and mischievous personality and remembered for being quite the character.  

Special appreciation and gratitude to his nephew, James Wynn, his much-admired hospice nurse, Kathy, and nurse Julie for their dedication to his needs and care; and also, to dear Rusty, his constant canine companion and man’s best friend who never left his side. 

He is survived by Carolyn Wynn; daughter Gina Najem (Lawrence), grandchildren, C.J. Wynn (Meredith) and Nicole, John and Emily Najem.

Also, brothers, Jon Wynn and Paul Wynn (Joan), and many loving nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Christopher Wynn and his sister Jean Cox (Mayhew).

A celebration of Jim’s life is planned for Friday, Nov. 25, on Ocracoke Island and details will follow.

Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.