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James Friend

James Walter "Jimmy" Friend

Wednesday, May 27th, 1936 - Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
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James Walter (Jimmy) Friend, 84, died Tuesday July 14th in a Virginia Beach hospital. He was born on May 27th 1936 to the late Walter Friend and India Diggs Friend. He is survived by his wife of 25
years Doris Friend, five daughters Joan Harris, Mary "Tami" Friend, Laura Norman, Amie Shaw and her spouse James and Susan Friend, eleven grandchildren Scott (Christin) Harris, Chelsea McCann, Lindsay (Tyler) Allgood, David (Brittney) Freeman, Tyler Burrow, Caleb Norman, Steven Richard, Jason Shaw (Kenn Underhill), Nicholas Shaw, Audrey Brockman, Theron Brown and eight great grandchildren. After a long career with the City of Norfolk as a Civil Engineer he retired in 1996. He was active in his community including a three-year stint as the Executive Director of the USTS Bud Light Triathlon held in Norfolk. He enjoyed bowling which is how he met his beloved wife Doris. He also enjoyed woodworking, golf, crossword puzzles, traveling in his camper with his wife, and spending time with his family. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Afterwards there will be a gathering at the home of his daughter, Amie Shaw; please contact the family for directions.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Graham Funeral Home
    Address
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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    Officiant
    Pastor Tracy Gregory
  • Interment

    Location
    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    5310 Milners Road
    Suffolk, Virginia 23434
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Snooky & Terry Oakey

Posted at 09:31pm
I hadn't seen your dad in a long time so my memories of him was when you were all young. He was fun loving and always happy and joking.
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Keith Howell

Posted at 03:36pm
Dear Joan, Tammy, Laura, Amy, and Leanne, My condolences to all of you for the loss of your Dad. I lost my Mom in January 17th of this year. It’s been a horrible year. It has been about 43 years since I have seen you all. Hope you and your families are keeping safe.
Keith Howell
Virginia Beach
 

Mary Friend Posted at 09:47pm

Thank you very much! But; Oh my goodness. Keith! I have thought of you from time to time over the years. Sometimes I ride through the old neighborhood and remember all the fun we had as "kids". I am sorry to hear about your mother. Do you have a FB page? I would like to be your "friend" Tammy. (which I now spell "Tami"
 
KH

Keith Howell Posted at 06:28pm

Hi Tami, no I don't do Facebook. Too many security issues, drama, and I just don't want to deal with it. Would love to see you and talk about old times when we were kids. I watched the video of your Daddy's service this afternoon. First time I had seen you in 40 some years. The Funeral Home should have my email address. You're required to submit it when you post condolences. Get it from them and send me an email (I used my yahoo account). I'll give you my phone number. Keep in touch. //Keith//
 

Geri Eller Posted at 10:16pm

Thank you Keith. You words mean a lot.
 

Mary Friend Posted at 09:32pm

Thanks Keith, I will see if I can.
 
KH

Keith Howell Posted at 06:23am

Tami, I left word two days ago to have the director call you and give you my email and phone number. Will call them again today. /Keith/
 
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Keith Howell Posted at 07:18am

Tami, I spoke to Director Aaron and gave him my email and phone number. He should give you a call. Looking forward to catching up with you. /Keith/
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Love, Marianne

Posted at 10:45am
Dear Amie, Pami, Laura, Leanne and family. I am so sorry about the loss of your father. A memorial tree will be planted in his memory.
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Karen Bauer-Adams

Posted at 10:59pm
Dear Laura and Family,
I was so Sorry to learn that Your Dad had left His Earthly Home and is now Living In Heaven where he Suffers no more. He has now been made whole once more. I pray that You and Your Family may gather Peace above All Understanding Now and in the days to come as you each prepare to say "So Long", I also pray that you each will find comfort in your Precious Memories and in knowing You will see Him again. Sincerely, Karen Bauer-Adams
 
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Keith Howell Posted at 09:15am

Dear Joan, Tammy, Laura, Amy, and Susan, My condolences to all of you for the loss of your Dad. I lost my Mom in January of 2020. It’s been a horrible year. It has been about 43 years since I have seen you all. Hope you and your families are keeping safe. Keith Howell Virginia Beach
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