Capt. James F. "Jim" Silva, born Feb. 3, 1937, in Apalachicola, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 in Panama City.
He attended Chapman High School, then after high school he and Ola Jean dated, then married on April 10, 1956.
Jimmy and Ola Jean raised their family at 12 Apalachee Street, the same residence lived in today. Initially Jimmy shrimped, then was hired at St. Joe Paper Company in the boiler room for 21½ years.
Realizing things were changing, Jimmy decided to return to shrimping. Jimmy then purchased the infamous shrimp boat The Norther. Jimmy shrimped from Texas to Key West for 21½ years. His boat was always spic and span.
After retiring Jimmy became the harbormaster in Apalachicola for 10 years and he was the head guy at the 10 Foot Hole gossip bench.
Jimmy loved his family, Apalachicola, and the water.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ola Jean; his daughter Renee S. Jones, husband Bubba Jones and son Alex Carroll; his sisters, Dorothy Vathis and Patsy Falentoa and husband Pele; his brothers, Joe Silva and Danny Silva; his grandchildren, Aaron and Austin Silva, and Tony Smith; a half-brother, David Silva, Jr., his half-sisters, Mary Silva, Lynn Walton, and Louise Cecil; a step-brother Billy Evans, and a step-sister, Dawn Radford.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Teresa and his son Andy.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola conducted by Tony Smith. Visitation was held on Sunday, August 14 at his home 12 Apalachee Street, Apalachicola.
Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home.