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James Michael Hitchcock, 55, of Huntingtown died Dec. 23, 2012.

He was born 1957 in Barberton, Ohio, to the late Patrick and Lois Hitchcock.

He was one of three children. He grew up in Ohio until joining the U.S. Air Force. He married his wife, Chris, when he was just 18 years old; they had their first son, James, while stationed in Mississippi. He was a staff sergeant in the Air Force and was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base.

He and his wife made their home in Upper Marlboro and had three other children: Justin, Heather and Kelly. During this time, he worked at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Clinton Computer until leaving there and relocating the family to St. Leonard and following his passion cars.

He opened his own family owned and operated automotive company in 2001. He took great pride in teaching each of his children about his love of cars. Even his girls can change their oil. He and his wife were also founding members of a car club. He enjoyed motorcycles and drag racing.

He was extremely family oriented. He was the “comedian” of the family; the grandchildren especially enjoyed his Donald Duck impersonations. He also “never knew a stranger,” and he had an innate willingness to help all people.

He is survived by his loving wife, Chris; children, James Paul and his wife, Holly Hitchcock, Justin Patrick and his wife, Nicole Hitchcock, Heather Eileen and her husband, Nick Harris, and Kelly Lynn Hitchcock; grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler, Alyssa, Kayla, Tristen, Sophia, Patrick, Logan and Avery (arriving early next year); siblings, Duane Hitchcock and Brenda Horvath.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 28, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane in Owings.

Interment will take place at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.