James Brantley Vanwhy, 27, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, formerly of Madison, died Thursday, August 22, 2013. Born on May 20, 1986 in Augusta, he was the son of Jerry and Vicky Lynn Malcom Vanwhy of Madison. In 2004 he graduated from Morgan County High School, where he played four years of football and for four years was a member of the AFROTC. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Marines and served two tours of duty in Iraq. James married the former Champagne Misty Boening of California. He loved making people laugh, telling jokes and playing the guitar.
In addition to his parents, Jerry and Vicky Vanwhy of Madison, he is survived by his wife, Champagne Vanwhy of Jacksonville, North Carolina; stepsons, Andrew and Mikey; siblings, Justin Malcom Vanwhy and Christy Hilsman Vanwhy both of Madison, Jeanna Lynn Vanwhy of Gainesville, and Julia Marie Vanwhy of Watkinsville; grandparents, James Malcom of Madison, and the late Betty Jo Smith Malcom; Billy Milton Garrison of Madison, and the late Polly Ann Almond Garrison; nephews, Malcom, Bryce and Joshua Vanwhy all of Madison; mother-in-law, Susie Baker; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and military family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. at McCommons Funeral Home Chapel, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Rick Smith officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 1000 Sugar Creek Baptist Church Road, Madison, GA 30650. Serving as pallbearers are Chris McGlauchlen, Dusty Sidwell, Chris Jagielski, Allen Hagler, Brian Mitchell and Bill Perkins. The family received friends Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
A fund has been set up at SunTrust Bank, Madison for James Vanwhy to help with funeral expenses.