James Cameron Epps, "Cam" to his family and friends, 73, died peacefully on January 26, 2021, at Southeastern Hospice in Lumberton, NC, after his year-long battle with appendiceal cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank H. and Grace S. Epps, his brother, Franklin "Brother" Epps, and his brother-in-law, James D. Brooker. He is survived by his sons, Jay Epps, Daniel (Sara) Epps, grandson, Sam Epps, his sister, Lena Epps Brooker, and the mother of his children and former spouse, Kathy Latini, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Cam was a proud Navy veteran, having served as a Navy Dental Technician, and then as a commissioned officer. His service included a tour in Viet Nam during the Tet Offensive, several tours with the US Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC and Okinawa, Japan, and was deployed to serve in Operation Desert Storm. He was a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, RI, and served in the Pentagon. Cam retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander, Medical Service Corps, after having served proudly and honorably during his 30-year Naval career.
Cam loved to laugh and was never at a loss for words. He loved his family and friends dearly and was known to always go above and beyond in most of his endeavors. Cam never met a stranger. His heart held a deep and abiding faith and trust in God.
The family would like to extend thanks to the doctors at Duke Medical Center, and the hospice nurses at Southeastern Hospice for their outstanding work and dedication to making Cam comfortable while in their care. A special thank you goes to Keith, Felicia, and Shyanne Scott for their friendship, devotion,and care for Cam, especially during his final months.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no services at this time. Cam’s final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
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