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James E. “Jimmy” Poates

James E. “Jimmy” Poates

KILMARNOCK—James Edward “Jimmy” Poates, age 79, of Kilmarnock and formerly of Warsaw, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024, surrounded by his family. 

Born August 24, 1944, in Richmond, he was the son of the late Edward Leroy and Annie Spencer Poates. Jimmy grew up in the Richmond area and spent many summers of his youth at his family’s cottage on the Rappahannock River, which led to his lifelong love of the Northern Neck.

He was a hard worker from an early age and a successful businessman. His interests in real estate purchases and development and looking for a “good deal” became a real joy in his life. Many will remember Jimmy as the co-owner of West End Glass in Richmond and the owner of Warsaw Glass in Warsaw, where over the years he made many lifelong friends. 

He was kind hearted, fun loving and enjoyed his life. He enjoyed times spent on the water, a good NASCAR race, animals of all description, times tinkering around in his garages with his dogs by his side, friends and most of all his family. He proudly served his country in the National Guard, was a devoted Christian and an active member of Rehoboth Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane; daughter, Kimberly Marshall (Tim); stepsons, Peyton Fidler and Brian Fidler (Katy); stepdaughter, Mindy Fidler Larson (Chris); six grandchildren, Drew Taylor, Kurt Taylor, Madison Blume, Anders Larson, Perri Lynne Marshall and Trent Marshall; and one great-grandchild, Rowen Taylor. To all of the children he was affectionately known as “Pop.”

He is also survived by his dear sister, Jackie Lee; niece, Sheri Wengert; a cousin (who is like a brother), Sonny Boy, Roy Darnell; and many other cousins, family members and good friends. 

He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Cokey Lee; and his cherished and faithful companions, who were so dear to him, Boom-Boom, Bucket and Huck.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 1, at Rehoboth Methodist Church, Kilmarnock.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. 

A graveside service will be held at noon the following day, Friday, February 2, at the Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond.

Flowers are welcome, however donations in loving memory of Jimmy may be made to Rehoboth Methodist Church, PO Box 203, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or the Animal Welfare League, PO Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.

Welch Funeral Home of Warsaw handled the arrangements.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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