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James Carraher


Tuesday, November 1, 2022 |Wake: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. |Service 2:00 p.m. |

Howell Funeral Home Chapel | 10220 Guilford Road | Jessup, MD 20794

Celebration of Life for James Carraher





On October 22, 2022, James (Jim) Carraher quietly slipped away after a courageous 8 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Jim was born on August 18, 1937 and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he met his wife Marilee, whom he married in 1960. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management in 1961, after which he served in the US Army as a 2nd Lt. at Fort Sill, OK, where his son Mark was born in 1963. He returned with his young family to Cincinnati until 1965. From 1965 until 1969, Jim and Marilee lived near Cleveland Ohio, where their second son David was born in 1966. In 1969, he moved his family to Sylvania and Toledo, Ohio, where he completed his education with a JD in law from the University of Toledo. Jim's career included work as an agent for several insurance agencies, including a long period with the Brooks Insurance Agency of Toledo, Ohio, from which he retired in 1999. During and following this time, he also engaged in private law practice. Shortly after his retirement, he relocated with his wife to N. Ft Myers Florida, where he remained until 2014, when he moved to Laurel, Maryland to be closer to his sons who lived in Maryland and Ohio.

Jim's life was characterized by service to his church and his community. He served on the boards of deacons and taught Sunday school classes at the churches he attended while living in Toledo and N. Ft. Myers. He was a Trustee Emeritus of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, where he served from 1974 to 1999, and where both of his sons attended and two of his grandchildren graduated.

Jim is predeceased by his brothers Charles (Bud) and Emmet, his sisters Georgie and Betty, and his parents, Charles and Marcella Carraher. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilee; his sons Mark and David; and his grandchildren Michael, Elizabeth, and Samuel.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jim’s life on Tuesday, November 1, at the Howell Funeral Home, Jessup, Maryland. Calling hours are 1-2 pm, prior to the celebration service which will be held at 2 pm. There will be an opportunity during the celebration for anyone who wishes to share a memory about Jim. If desired, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

He will be sadly missed but will always hold a special place in our hearts, and in the hearts of all who were privileged to have known him.


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