James Franklin “Jim” Mowbray Jr., 82, husband of Jo Ann (Turner) Mowbray of Staunton, passed away May 7, 2012, in the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Mr. Mowbray was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Rockingham County, a son of the late James Franklin Mowbray Sr. and Armenta G. (Tutwiler) Mowbray.
He retired from VDOT in 1990 and later returned part-time until 2010 with over 50 years of service as a construction inspector. Jim served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and he devoted time to prison ministry at the Staunton Correctional Center for 25 years.
He was a member of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship International, the Business Men’s Fellowship and the Staunton Coin and Relic Club.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Mowbray was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Mowbray, and an infant sister.
In addition to his wife of 61years, survivors include a son, Dale F. Mowbray of Staunton; three daughters, Patricia M. “Pat” Campbell and her husband Danny of Churchville, Karen M. Hoover and her husband David of Swoope and Julie Wilson Miller and her husband Jerry of Defiance, Ohio; grandchildren, the Rev. Michael Campbell of Lafayette, Ala., Jan Campbell of Staunton, Jennifer Hoover of Swoope, Joshua Wilson of Charlottesville, Jacob Wilson of Staunton, Sarah Dimock of Ottowa, Ohio, and Bekah, Kellsee, Amanda, Abbie and Katie Miller of Defiance, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Bayleigh Hoover of Swoope and Rylee Wilson of Staunton; a brother, Guy N. Mowbray and wife Betty of Salem; two sisters, Darlene Shifflette and her husband Leonard of Harrisonburg and Fay Cromer of Salem; sister-in-law Dot Mowbray of Roanoke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Flora of Glen Burnie, Md., and the Rev. and Mrs. David Turner of Louisburg, N.C., as well as a number of nieces, nephews and close friends.
A funeral service was conducted on May 11, in Memorial Baptist Church by Pastor Temple D. Myers, with burial following in Thornrose Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Dave Burkholder, Bob Tait, Cliff Fretwell, John Sandridge, Fred Protil and Winfred Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Ernie Anthony, R.M. Stone,Jr., Bob Atkins, Lee Vest, Roger Hertzler, Eddie Lowe, Milton Heatwole and Marlin Burkholder.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Dr., Staunton, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.