James “Sonny” C. Terry – died peacefully at his home on September 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Bradley, and father, James C. Terry. Sonny was the Captain of his high school football and track teams at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended Virginia State Police Academy and served Tappahannock for six years. He then accepted a position with Southland Life Insurance Company and managed numerous offices in Virginia and North Carolina. Sonny returned to Tappahannock in 1987 with the intention of retiring, but again was gainfully employed with his son, David Terry, at Terry Construction. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. He enjoyed all sports, especially Virginia Tech football and basketball. Sonny followed Elon College baseball and never missed one of David’s games. He loved drawing, painting and traveling through the countryside viewing nature. Sonny loved and enjoyed serving with his church family at Cobham Park Baptist Church. He was a member of the Tappahannock Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Tappahannock Town Council, Tappahannock Rotary Club, served on the Grand Jury and was a member of numerous other civic organizations. Sonny was warm-hearted with a generous spirit and he had a zest for life. He displayed a continuous sense of humor and was deeply devoted to his family and friends. Sonny had a unique talent to tell a joke and share a story. Since retirement, he started his day fellowshipping with his buddies at Tappahannock Pharmacy and also McDonalds. Sonny is survived by his wife Connie of 63 years; two sisters, Joyce Crawford and Judy Abourjilie (Bill), nephews and nieces; four children, Deborah Grayson (John), James C. Terry, III (Susan), Michael Terry and David Terry (Annette). He was a proud and loving Paw Paw to Jarren Harrell (Vann); Adrian Ramsey (Joe); JonMichael Grayson; Stephanie Fisher (Josh); Cheryl Hinson; Winter Terry; Sarah, Aaron and Titus Ramsey; Gracie and Ally Fisher; Sarah and Piper Harrell; and Kayden and Kennedy Grayson. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 in Cobham Park Baptist Church, Warsaw with the Reverend Donald Bowen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cobham Park Baptist Church P O Box 306, Warsaw, VA 22572 or the American Heart Association.