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Obituary for James Henry "Jimi" Nock

On New Year’s Day of 1949, James Henry Nock, affectionately known as “Jimi,” was born to the late Hezzie Nock and Greta Marie Nock in Atlantic, Virginia. God, in His infinite wisdom, decided that Jimi’s journey here on earth as a faithful servant was done and he was called home on March 25, 2024, at the age of 75.

Jimi was the second oldest of ten children and that is a role that he did not take lightly. He was the “Oldest Brother” and he would remind his siblings of just that. All that knew Jimi knew that he cherished the bonds with his siblings and family.

Growing up, Jimi would become the fearless sibling and was a help to his mother, grandparents, Harry and Mary Savage, and special aunt, Georgia Lee Nock. His fearlessness led him to enlist in the United States Army in 1968, after graduating from Mary N. Smith High School in 1967. He enlisted to explore the world and to help his family. While in the Army, he would serve overseas in the Vietnam War and endured the fight until he was honorably discharged with the honor of a Purple Heart in 1970.

After his discharge from the United States Army, Jimi would return to the Eastern Shore, where he met the late Barbara Cottingham. Jimi and Barbara were married on June 28, 1975. They would have an adopted son, Junie Nock.

Another love of Jimi’s was his love to sing the gospel of God. He had a harmonious voice that was indescribable. After returning from serving his country, he knew that only the goodness of God allowed him to return home to his family. Jimi would rejoice in the praises of God while singing with his family choir The Nock Family, The Gospel Jubilees, and The Gospelettes. Although he loved singing alongside his family; mother, brother, sister, and wife; Jimi still felt a calling to continue to spread the word of God. After much faith and perseverance, Jimi would be installed as Minister James Nock and would lead his own congregation at Freedman United Methodist Church in Tyaskin, Maryland for a few years.

Jimi worked for years at the Campbell Soup Facility in Pocomoke City, Maryland. After leaving Campbell Soup, he worked briefly at Lower Shore Enterprises until he began his tenure at the Eastern Shore Correctional Institute (ECI) as the warden’s secretary in 1990. He would work many years until he retired on October 1, 2016. While at ECI, his magnetic love for God, outspoken personality, and words of encouragement would build relationships with fellow coworkers that would become extended members of his family. These relationships would be everlasting even after his retirement.

After retirement, Jimi continued another gift of his, writing. He was always known to have “a way with words” and possessed a gift to eloquently express his love and faith. He devoted much of his time to continue to spread the word on the Greatness of God. He had a gift of writing poems and daily devotionals and expressions of faith. He would continue this until his health began to fail.

Left to remember fond, precious memories of Jimi’s laughter, love, and life are his sisters, Sharon M. Chambers (Ricardo) of Bronx, NY, Wanda J. Hall (Burless) of Millsboro, DE, Mary J. Roberts of Atlantic, VA, Billie R. Fisher of New Church, VA, and Dorainya E. Nedab (Ivan) of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Jeffrey O. Nock of Seaford, DE.; uncles, George Savage and Gerald; special cousin/best friend and caretaker, Richard Trader of Pocomoke City, MD; special friends/daughters, Towanna Rico and Apostle Lynnel Satchell; and a host of very dear nieces and nephews.

Jimi was preceded in death by his father, Hezzie; mother, Greta; special aunt, Georgia Lee; brothers, Vernon Wayne Nock, Barry Lee Nock, and Kerry Ray Nock; brother in-law, Michael E. Roberts, Sr.; uncles, George Nock, Harry T. Savage, and Garland Savage.

Words cannot express the impact that James H. Nock has had on the lives of those he met. He was a one-of-a-kind individual with a heart full of love and faith. He will be sorely missed by his family; however, the family has solace in the fact that James Henry Nock is free of any burdens and is at rest, safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

Sorrowfully submitted,
The Family