James, “Jim”, is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Roxanne, children Thad Caraway and wife Crystal of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Katherine Kennedy and husband Timothy of Caldwell, New Jersey, grandchildren Hunter, Cali, Cara, and Brody, and his brothers Robert and Jack Caraway. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Lavada Caraway, and Jack “Buster” Caraway, of Miami, and grandson Brenden James Caraway of Miami.
Jim was proud to serve his country in the Vietnam War from June of 1965 through April of 1969 as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. After serving his country Jim than began his career in law enforcement, a career that spanned 29 years with service to the North Bay Village Police Department (1970-1973), and the Marion County Sherriff’s Department (1973-2003). Jim would take 5 years and step away from his passion of law enforcement with the Marion County Sherriff’s office to help his wife Roxanne establish her insurance practice, a successful practice that still continues to serve the Dunnellon area 33 years after its inception in 1985. Upon his return to law enforcement and after 24 years of service with the Marion County Sherriff’s Department Jim went on to retire in 2003 having earned the departments Medals of Distinction and the Medal of Valor. In retirement Jim continued his service to the law enforcement community as a Founding Member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 145, Marion County Sherriff’s Office Chapter, and a longtime member of its local Board of Directors.
Family and friends are all welcomed and encouraged to join us in the celebration of Jim’s life. Viewing is to be held on Thursday, November 1st between 5pm and 7pm at Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Dunnellon, Florida. Funeral services are going to be held on Friday, November 2nd, at 10am at the First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, 20831 Powell RD, Dunnellon, Florida. Interment will follow in the Hickory Springs Cemetery in Romeo.