James J. Jarman, 76, had long career as master plumber, electrician and pipefitter

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James J. Jarman, 76, of Virginia Beach, was called home to be with the Lord on July 21, 2016.

He was born in Waynesboro, Va., and was a Virginia Beach resident for more than 60 years. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ernest Jarman and Mary Hite Jarman.

James J. Jarman

            James J. Jarman

James started working with his dad as a plumber when he was 17. He graduated from apprenticeship school in 1963, and started working with Warwick Plumbing and Heating in Newport News, Va., on Feb. 20, 1968. Over the years, he worked his way up to be the part-owner and executive vice president of WP&H and other companies. After 40 years mentoring his peers and helping to build a successful company, he retired on Dec. 31, 2008. He was a master electrician, plumber, and pipefitter and served on the Joint Apprenticeship Committee for the Local Union 110 & 540 in Norfolk, Va., and Newport News, Va., from 1988 to 2000.

He enjoyed western movies, fishing, crabbing and boating. In recent years he enjoyed cruising to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for summer vacations. He loved taking on new projects and figuring out how to do the impossible. He was a dedicated family man who loved his family dearly and took pride in spoiling them at every opportunity.

Jarman had a generous heart and was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a dedicated and hard worker, who took pride in everything he accomplished. He was humble, generous and had an amazing sense of humor. He loved to joke around and make people laugh. He touched the hearts of everyone he crossed paths with and rarely had an outing without running into someone he knew. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Betty Jarman; daughter, JamiePopkin (Popkin); granddaughter, Sophie Popkin; brothers, Bobby (Linda) and Toby (JoAnn); sister-in-law, Kathie Rogers (Bob); brother-in-law, Richard Agnor (Carol); niece, Jessie Powell; nephews, Bobby Jarman Jr, Nathan Jarman, Jason Jarman, Michael Jarman and Scott Agnor; as well as many other great nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016, with a service at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, both at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Va.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left at www.woodlawngroup.com.

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