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James Denver AlyeaJames Denver Alyea, 83, of Williamsburg, passed away Sunday, December 16, at Forest Park Health Campus in Richmond.
He was born February 10, 1929 in Williamsburg to Raymond and Thelma Irene Bryan Alyea. He was a 1947 graduate of Williamsburg High School. He married the former June Thornton on December 26, 1948 to begin a marriage that was blessed with 5 children.
Mr. Alyea served in the US Navy from 1948-50. He worked at Wayne Dairy in Richmond and was a self-made farmer north of Williamsburg for over 50 years. He owned and operated Country Side Steel.
Mr. Alyea will be missed by his wife, June; son, Steven Alyea and his wife, Dawn; daughter, Claudia Bomersback and her husband, James; son, Jon Alyea and his wife, Tammy; daughter, Jan Cicolani and her husband, Bob; daughter, Betsey Moore and her husband, Derek; grandchildren Michael (Terri) Alyea, Brian (Staci) Alyea, Beth (Bobby) Chamness, Kelly (Matt) Terhaar and Krissy (Malcolm) Moore, Erich Bomersback, Emily Bomersback, Ben (Katie) Alyea, Jenna Alyea, Julia (Pat) Rock, Maria (J.) Thompson, Dustin (Andi) Cicolani and Brady Moore; great-grandchildren, Harley and Haley Alyea, Jaiden and Lexxus Stewart, Justin and Kyler Alyea, Lucas, Rylee and Beau Chamness, Ella and Conrad Rock, Abby, Will and Josie Thompson, Lilly and Austin Horner, plus two more great-grandbabies that are on the way; brother-in-law, Marvin Fudge; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Alyea was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Ramona Stout.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful, caring staff at Forest Park Health Campus, and Asera Care Hospice, for their endless efforts while taking care of James. âYou became our second family.â
A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment with military rites will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, and 10:30 â 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research,
Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
Jan & Jon:
I just saw this and wanted to add my own message of sadness to hear about your dad. As Carolyn said above, I remember the great times at Jan's slumber parties and how welcome we all felt. Your parents made it feel like a second home and it is part of the fun-times-stories I still tell my children.
NHS Class '77
Debi Toschlog Brim Feb 18 2013 12:00 AM
Jim (my late mom's only sibling) was such a loving uncle to me. He always chuckled and had a warm smile for me. I love you Uncle Jim! He produced a warm, beautiful family that was always close-knit (a family union I always admired). He also had a long, committed marriage to a wonderful wife, June. My condolences to all the Alyea family! (tears!!)
Laurie Stout Clark Dec 23 2012 12:00 AM
So Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I will never forget all your Kindness to our family though the years. Jim was our first school bus driver just the good you have done and showed in the many years we have known you all. June may God comfort you and give you peace. Mary
Mary Martin Kendall Dec 19 2012 12:00 AM
Mr. Alyea was one of my bus drivers. He was a wonderful driver and person.
Cindy Jurgens Metzger Dec 19 2012 12:00 AM
Our deepest condolences to the Alyea family. Peace be with you.
Jeff & Terri Riley Dec 19 2012 12:00 AM
We were greatly saddened to hear the news Sunday. Please just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during what we know is a most difficult time. Our hearts go out to you all. God Bless.
Dick and Nancy Best Dec 18 2012 12:00 AM
To Jim's family: Am so sorry to read of Jim's passing even tough I knew he had not been well for some time. He is now free of Earthly discomfort and rests now with the Lord.
Shirley Wise Dec 18 2012 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers with your family.
Mike Herron Dec 18 2012 12:00 AM
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many great child hood memories with Betsey and her dad. Jim was a great man and will be missed by many. You all are in my thought and prayers.
Tammy Terry Jones Dec 18 2012 12:00 AM
So many years have passed, but we each have early memories of Jim and his family. !! So sorry for your loss, and prayers of comfort for the family !!!
Margaret(Craig) & Delmas Keeling Dec 18 2012 12:00 AM