James Winston Waldhauer, 43, of Savannah died on February 16, 2015 at home under the care of Hospice Savannah.
He was born on December 24, 1971 in Bangkok, Thailand.
James was the first of three children born to Derell Eugene Waldhauer and Somkiet Lerdsa-ard Tabaka. James moved to Savannah from Goldsboro, NC when his father retired from the USAF in 1993. He had also lived in the Philippines, Hawaii, Nebraska and Thailand. James graduated from Wagner HS and he attended Wayne Community College in Goldsboro where he studied law enforcement.
Prior to being diagnosed with cancer in February of 2012, James worked as a Tree Worker for 15 years with the City of Savannah, Park and Tree Division. James loved his job and his co-workers. He had a positive attitude about life and he never let his illness affect him in a negative way. He was admired greatly by everyone who knew him.
James was an avid movie buff and he especially loved super hero movies. He collected comic books for years and had quite a collection. Having a vivid imagination and an interest in storytelling, he was also known to write detective story scripts.
James had a mild to severe hearing loss and as a result, he did not talk a lot, in fact, he called himself “Silent Jimmy”. However, he let his actions and attitude speak for him, and in that sense he spoke volumes. James always put others first, and one of the things he loved to do was cook for his family and friends.
He loved 4th of July fireworks and was an active paintball enthusiast, where he called Low Country Paintball his home.
Surviving are his father and mother Derell Waldhauer and Somkiet Tabaka; his step-mother, Eden Waldhauer; his brothers Paul Waldhauer, Michael (Jina) Waldhauer, John (Kari) Waldhauer, Mark Waldhauer and Patrick Tabaka; his sisters Michelle (Gary) Greer, Jesseca (Jeff) Baker, Mary (Andy) Goodnight and Rebekah (AKA Chanel) Waldhauer; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Viewing will be at Families First Funeral Care & Cremation Center (for family and relatives) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18th.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 21st at Savannah Baptist Temple, Dr. H. M. Porter officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416.
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