James Christian Kalwite

James Christian Kalwite

Suffolk, VA
12.24.1976 - 01.19.2019

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

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

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

Jennifer read & family

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

Lisa Henderson

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

Greg and Pamela Tedder

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

Nancy Cocco

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

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

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

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

Our sympathy and condolences to Louis and the Kalwite family as you mourn
and celebrate Jimmy's life. May God bless and comfort you.

Oscar & Margaret Fowler

I am so very sorry for your loss! His children are very much loved and special to us at Radiant Life Ministries! They as well as the rest of the family are in our prayers! 💕

Tammy Dunn

Dear Family,
I send to you my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your dear family member. May John 5:28,29 truly strengthen you to reflect on God’s promises to bring back to life your dear loved one to a beautified earth where he can be reunited with his family, and never have to get sick and die, ever again. (Psalm 37:11,29; Isaiah 33:24)


Lou, I am so saddened to hear that Jimmy has passed away. The hardest loss in life is the loss of a child, regardless of the child’s age. My heart aches with the thoughts that you have another deep source of pain to work through. He is now resting and my prayers are for healing and acceptance for you, Louie, and Katie.


Katherine, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. All the years that I've known you, I did not know that this young man was your brother. I would see him in passing, usually at 7-11. He was always very nice and kind. I am sure he will be missed by your family. My prayers are with you all.


Cathey Blount

My heart goes out to the Kalwite family my prayers are with you all l truly send my condolences l only met jimmy a couple of times and he was a nice person praying for his Wife Dinky and their children and Lou and their sister and the rest of the family l have known Lou for a long time a family friend very nice young man may God touch all of you at this grieving time

Tonya kelly

Katie and Family, We are So Very Sorry for your loss!! Words do not express how broken your hearts must be. You will All be in our Prayers.

Dalene, Shaman, Tonya, and Felicia Fillhart

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