Jimmy Paul Schmidt, Jr., 37, forever treasured son, zealous father, endearing brother, honorable veteran and faithful friend was embraced into the arms of our Heavenly Father while delighting in the gift of nature at Catawba Falls, North Carolina the morning of February 24, 2018. He resided in picturesque Savannah,Georgia.
Jimmy was born at Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida on December 9, 1980 to Jimmy and Karen (Favreau) Schmidt. Jimmy served as an Aviation Electrician Mate, Petty Officer 2nd Class aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. It was the first carrier responder after September 11th in Operation Enduring Freedom and longest deployment since World War II. He qualified as an Aviation Warfare Specialist Strike Fighter Squadron 86 and was awarded Aviation Electrician’s Mate Second Class Flag Letter of Commendation while he continued to protect his country aboard the USS Enterprise during his four years of service. The friendships gained during those years were some of the richest of his lifetime. Furthermore, he honed skills which prepared him to work in aeronautical mechanics for the majority of his working career. Jimmy’s love of learning urged him to masterfully study aeronautical engineering and mechanics, horticulture and mathematics at esteemed schools including Embry Riddle University and Florida State University, amongst others.
A graduate of Colonial High School, class of 1999, Jimmy obtained an academic scholarship and pursued many hobbies including baseball, trumpet and poetry. While in high school his rhapsodic works earned him national plaudit. Gifted with a calling, Jimmy ministered God’s heart with others through goodness of fellowship, friendship and laughter – his hugs were unforgettable. Jimmy’s ability to reach others with his compassion, charming smile and unconditional love brought encouragement to all who crossed his journeys.
Jimmy will be remembered tenderly by his surviving family: his loving and steadfast parents; his adoring sisters and their husbands – Nicole (David) Yingling, Rachelle (Glenn) Dooley; his brother in spirit – Stephen Heydorn; his intended fiancé – Cassandra Shell; and his cherished and precious children – Mae Amber Schmidt and Aydon Ellis Schmidt-Gainer. Mae, your daddy is always with you, loves you and is your biggest cheerleader. You are his forever “Princess Mae-Mae” and the sunshine of his heart! Aydon, your daddy loves you, forever valued you and longed to hold your hand more often. His memorial was held the weekend of your birthday because you are his desired gift from God. Likewise, Jimmy’s niece and nephews knew his love and enjoyed his shenanigan’s; they are: Calvin, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Brielle and Ezra Yingling; Taylor, Maya, Noah and
Josiah Dooley. His affection was openly shared for his many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Family and friends are welcome to attend Jimmy’s Memorial Celebration beginning at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Spring First Church, 1851 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX 77388.
Flowers, donations and condolences may be sent as well. Mae and Aydon were Jimmy’s heart. Should anyone want to contribute monies in order to bless Jimmy’s children there is a donation site available at https://www.gofundme.com/jimmy-p-schmidt-jr-childrens-fund.