James Cody Crabill

James Cody Crabill

IRVINGTON—James Cody Crabill, our vibrant son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, February 27, 2023.

Cody was born in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on July 30, 1989. He made mud pies as a little boy with his sister in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and he grew to become a southern gentleman after his family moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia in 1996.

Cody made friends with anyone he met and was gifted in conversation and humor. Cody had a way with people, was welcomed with open arms wherever he went and had the gift of encouragement; he helped you see the best in yourself. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he was a giver and found great joy in blessing others. An accomplished athlete, Cody was a golfer, baseball, tennis and soccer player, and could pick up any sport with ease. He was incredibly intelligent, a natural businessman and loved his family and friends with passion.

Cody graduated from Christchurch School in 2007 and formed an incredible bond with the community, playing in alumni golf tournaments and cheering for Blue at sports events. He studied professional golf management at North Carolina State University and graduated in 2013. Cody completed an internship at Sebonack Golf Club in New York where he regaled his family with story after story about the interesting people he met. Most recently, Cody lived between Irvington and Virginia Beach working as a business development manager in government contracting.

Cody’s greatest desire was to bless his family, to give to his family and to be with his family. He loved his niece and nephews with sincere tenderness and was quick to read them a story, push them on the swing, simply hold them, or watch Fiddler on the Roof for the umpteenth time and sing “Wonder of Wonders” with gusto. Cody loved life!

Cody knew and loved the Lord but wrestled with his life choices and decisions and learning of his mother’s terminal illness in the fall of 2020 further magnified his struggle. In the last few months, Cody grew cognizant of his need and began seeking help. His mother had written a book dedicated to Cody, To Say the Hard Things, about reconciling yourself to the truth in hopes of helping others find deep forgiveness and healing and break the generational chains of pain through Jesus Christ. May we all find healing through Jesus Christ as we mourn Cody’s precious life lost too soon.

Cody is survived by his devoted father, Chris M Crabill of Irvington; siblings, Jessica and Bart Kachniarz of Denver, Colo., Sam and Sarah Crabill of Arlington, Zach and Kate Crabill of Colorado Springs, Colo.; niece and nephews, Emilia Kachniarz, James Kachniarz, John Kachniarz and Baker Crabill; aunts and uncles, the James and Maria Thorsen family of Richmond, the Robert and Sudie Thorsen family of Warrenton, the Michel and Lyndl Joseph family of Alexandria, the Forrest and Virginia Henry family of Santa Fe, N.M., the Keith and Nancy Stanley family, the Steve and Julie Crabill family of Salisbury, Md., the Mike and Robin Schaeffer family of Hagerstown, Md., the Tim and Wanda Craigie family of Martinsburg, W.Va., and the Eric and Robin Crabill family of Mechanicsville, Md.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Catherine Thorsen of White Stone and James and Eva Crabill of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; his mother, Catherine Crabill of Irvington; and his beloved cousin, Rebecca Black Thorsen of Washington, D.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to U-Turn for Christ Kauai – Cody Crabill Memorial Fund (http://www.uturnforchristkauai.com/Cody-Crabill-Memorial-Fund.html).

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at Historic White Marsh Church. Cody will be buried at Historic Christ Church.