James Lee Whitlow, 66, of New Bern, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his home.
Known by his call sign Outlaw, he retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps in 1999 after serving 31 years, including tours in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Among his many assignments, he served as G-3 with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point as well as assistant wing commander. His accolades include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Air Medal (five times), the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, and the Legion of Merit with gold star. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Intruder Association. He was also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where he served on the Stewardship Committee. He enjoyed playing tennis, boating, playing guitar and smoking brisket.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, New Bern.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Whitlow; two daughters, Katie Paschal of Raleigh and Lauren Helen Murray of Hillsborough; one son, James D. Whitlow of Hampstead, NC; two sisters, Suanne Buck of Marietta, Ga., and Debbie Ojeda of Georgetown, Texas; and one brother John Whitlow of Marietta, Ga.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern.