Jimmy's walks took him past neighboring homes often. Several neighbors stopped by to recall the boy.
"One of our neighbors told us that she was trying to get a box out of her trunk once," Darlene said. "It was heavy and she was having trouble. Jimmy was walking by and stopped and asked if he could help. He brought it inside for her."
While he walked to think, Jimmy did other things for fun. At the top of his list was paintball.
"He lived for paintball," his mother said. "He was a real fanatic. He used to referee at Play to Win in Fayetteville. He was great out there."
In this position, Jimmy's caring personality showed again.
"At his funeral, one of his friends came up to me and told me that once a boy in a wheelchair came (to Play to Win)," Darlene said. "He had cerebral palsy. He wanted to play, to feel what it was like. Jimmy took him all around the course and showed him everything and let him shoot the gun."
Like many other boys his age, Jimmy also enjoyed video games, Jim Carrey movies, the street magic of Criss Angel and comedian Ron White. Schoolwork wasn't his favorite, but he had promised his mother he would graduate this year. However, unlike some of his peers, Jimmy never drank or used drugs.
"He was just not that kind of kid," Darlene said. "He had no piercings, no tattoos, he didn't drink or smoke. He'd go to parties where they would be drinking, but it wasn't a problem. He just wasn't interested in it."
It was because of Jimmy that Darlene quit smoking a year ago.
"He didn't like being around cigarette smoke," she said. "He made me quit." She looked at the pack of cigarettes sitting in front of her on the table. "I started again the day he died. Everyone said, no, he'd be so mad at you. But I was pretty mad at him right then I'm going to try to quit again."