Fallen Warriors

James Hart - Class Of 1969

James William Hart, Sr., 65, of Hampton, died Monday, February 1, 2016, of a terminal brain tumor. Jim grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Hampton in 1967 and graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 1969. He was employed by the former National Uniform/Linen Services and G&K Services for almost 35 years before his early retirement last Fall. He was an avid fan of Virginia Tech football and enjoyed an eclectic genre of music from the Beatles to that of Lady Gaga. One of his favorite quotes by Jim Morrison of The Doors was “When the music’s over, turn out the lights.” He had a passion for playing his drums and celebrating life with his children and grandchildren. He was respected and loved by his family, his former co-workers, the life-long friends of his children and many members of his faith community.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ann Lehman Hart, his son, Jim, Jr. and his wife, Mandi, of South Carolina, his daughter, Kim, of Hampton, his grandchildren, Katelyn, Hailey and Kyle, his brothers, Tom and John, and his sisters, Thelma, Mary and Pat. He was preceded in death by his son, Steve, and his parents, Bill and Thelma Hart.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Dr., Hampton, 23666. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 5:30 p.m.  A reception will follow the mass.  Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5th, at Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will gather at the church at 9:40 a.m.

Donations of condolences can be made to The Born This Way Foundation: Empowering Youth * Inspiring Bravery at https://secure.bornthisway.foundation/page/contribute/simple-donate. This organization empowers young people to build a kinder and braver world, another passion that Jim held in his heart.

Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, 757-723-3191

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02/02/16 08:07 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)


I wanted to share the picture of Jim that was posted with his obituary.  He looks like he really enjoyed life, I understand that he was so very excited about retirement.  Unfortunately, it didn't work out for him to have alot of time to enjoy retirement.  What I know of him is that he was a wonderful friend, family man, and loved the LORD.  His faith was strong.  Sail on Jim, watch over us, rest  in peace, until we meet again.

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier

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