James Madison Cahoon of Manteo, Nov. 9

By on November 12, 2018

James Madison Cahoon aka “Snooky” or “Snooky Boy”, “Diddy” (by his girls), and in more recent years “Papa”, 63, of Manteo, NC died Friday, November 9, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. He was at his home and surrounded by his family.

James was born June 5, 1955, in the small town of Belhaven, NC. He was one of eight siblings and the eldest son of the late James M. and Nellie Mae Cahoon. He was also the beloved husband and best friend of his one and only love of 45 years, Robin Grimes of Kernersville, NC.

For over 30 years, he was the owner and operator of Midway Automotive and Towing and later Midway Express. He knew his way around an automobile engine and didn’t need a computer to “throw a code” to figure out the problem and get the job done. He was “old school” and proud of it.

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He later took those skills to the track – the racetrack! He and his family together reveled in his passion for speed and white slips. The tracks and the people they came to know and love there became like a second family to share the weekends.

He was known not only for his “shop” (and for his sometimes wildly creative towing skills) but also over the years for his protective nature in regard to his four girls. In later years, when he realized that the “Cahoon girls” could fend for themselves, his attention and admiration extended to his grandchildren.

James loved his dogs, always having them by his side (or begging at his feet). An avid hunter, he also loved Gum Neck, his guns and participating in shooting competitions. He enjoyed mowing the grass, working in his yard and planting flowers (actually he hated planting flowers, but did it for Robin). Whether yelling from the sidelines at his grandchildren’s games or the quiet grin that would fall across his face every time one of his girls brought up hunting, he enjoyed being a part of his family’s life and sharing in their interests.

He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was never one to sugar coat things. He told it like it was – a no-nonsense kind of guy. But he also had a very tender heart and a generous spirit. He would go out of his way to help a friend.

James is survived by his wife, Robin Grimes Cahoon; four daughters, Lisa Seidman (Ron), Tina Buckalew (David), Trisha Cahoon (Stevie Green), and Crystal Smith (Jason); and grandchildren, Bailey Seidman, Whitney Morrisette, Sydney Ballance, William Austin Gray (Hope Ferstermann), Madison Cahoon, Alex Hondros, James Smith and Ashtyn Smith. Also, surviving are five sisters, Dana Seto, Iris Fulk, Gloria Coker, Barbara “Bobby Ann” Coleman (Dale), and Sue Rose (Hank); two brothers, Jack “Bug” Cahoon (Ellen), and Charlie “Tippy” Cahoon (Melissa); and many nieces and nephews.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Carl Seto and Steve Coker.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel. Burial will take place at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Monday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.

Tune-up your car and check the air pressure in your tires – he would have wanted that.  Also, hug and cherish the ones you love, and do not take your time with them for granted.

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Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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