Thomas James "Jimmy" Westbury Jr., 91, died on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

He was born on April 9, 1928, in Sumter, to the late Thomas James Westbury and Thelma Covington Carr Westbury. He graduated from Edmunds High School and from Wofford College in South Carolina, where he received a degree in mathematics. In 1957, Jimmy earned an electrical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a veteran, having served in the Air Force as a first lieutenant.

Jimmy and his late wife, Kathryn, were residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, where they lived for more than 60 years before returning home to Sumter. In Charlottesville, he worked as an engineer for Sperry Co. on many military contracts, including the development of technically advanced optics for submarine periscopes. While at Sperry, he also worked on contracts associated with the early space shuttle program for NASA. Both Jimmy and Kathryn were active members of First Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville.

Mr. Westbury is survived by nephews, Thomas Osborne Bruce of Lexington and Willis Andrew Bruce of Blythewood; as well as an extended family, including many additional nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Covenant Place, 2825 Carter Road, Sumter. The Rev. Dr. Reginald Thackston will officiate.

Visitation with family, friends and Covenant staff will follow the service.

Burial will be private in Sumter Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.