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James Porter O'Briant III
James Porter O’Briant III , 79, of Windsor, VA passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was the son of the late James Porter O’Briant, Jr. and Lorraine Whitworth O’Briant of Newport News, VA He was also preceded in death by his sister, Martha O’Briant Maurer. Jim was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and friend to many. Jim dedicated his life to Service. Service to God, his family, his Church and the local community.
He was a Master Mason for 54 Years: Past Worshipful Master and Secretary of Purdie Lodge #170, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Masonic Home Ambassador, long time member of Grand Lodge Committee on Youth. He was a member of Mt. Nebo #20 Royal Arch Chapter, Portsmouth Commandery #5 Knights Templar, Valley of Portsmouth 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Khedive Temple Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Smithfield Chapter #127 Order of Easter Star and Smithfield Assembly #5 International Order of Rainbow for Girls Advisory Board.
Jim was a life long Boy Scout of 68 years, earning his rank of Eagle Scout in 1958. He served Troop 41 of Windsor for 57 years in a variety of roles including Scout Master, Chaplin, and Committee Member. He was awarded with the Explorer Silver Award, Wood Badge, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, God and Country Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He served at the district level as Assistant District Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, District Committee Chaplain and District Leader Training Team.
Jim served his local community: Windsor Town Council, Windsor Planning Commission, Isle of Wight County Planning Commission, Isle of Wight Museum Foundation Board, Isle of Wight Academy Foundation Advisory Board, Windsor volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Jones O’Briant, daughters, Carol Blanton, Amy Remington and Becky O’Briant, grandchildren, Justin Campbell, Brittany (Michael) Powell and Ethan Remington, and great grandchild, Lizzy Powell.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7 2021, 6-8 p.m. at R.W. Baker Funeral Home, Suffolk, VA. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Windsor Congregational Christian Church with burial to follow at Windsor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, Windsor Congregational Christian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.
A very wonderful man who has my utmost respect. He will be missed by all.
Steve Ballard May 13 2021 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences prayers and love to the family.
Patti munoz May 13 2021 12:00 AM
I served with Mr. OBriant on the Windsor Town Planning Commission and the Windsor Town Council. He was always supportive and had a deep understanding of issues coming before each body with the intent of making the best informative decision. It was a pleasure to have known and served with him doing our appointed and elected years for the betterment of the Town of Windsor Virginia. Sincerely, Marvin Crocker
Marvin Crocker May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Jim was an amazing person and lived his life with the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. I enjoyed the conversations and working with him on the Colonial Trail District Committee. He will be missed!
Dean Gould May 13 2021 12:00 AM
He Will Be Missed So, Sorry For Your Loss May God Be With You All
Mary Clifton May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Jim and I served in the Scouts and often talked about getting to that age ware we could watch the younger Scouts take charge. We saw ourselves sitting on the front porch of the Old Scout Hut, showing the boys about how to take care of themselves outdoors. I know that he and Larry Willis are talking about that now. Our long rides together going to summer camp, we would talk about our memories of the Scouts past, and the many things we did together. Jim loved his family, and he Loved Scouting, and seeing the young "Lads" as he called them, learn about taken care of themselves. He loved his God, and he would make sure the boys new about God at camp. We would have devotions each night at camp after dinner. "HE WILL BE MISSED" Another Scout Master Gone Home!
Reuben A Howell May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Jim was a wonderful person and a great friend. He was a true Christian who lived his faith. He was a wonderful Sunday school teacher who made the lessons meaningful and relevant to life today. What a reunion it must have been in heaven as Jesus welcomed him home! I can only imagine the depth of your sorrow Shirley, as well as that of your family, at the loss of such an outstanding man. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love always, Bobbi Anderson
Barbara (Bobbi) Anderson May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Proud to say that I had the opportunity to meet Mr. O'Briant. He always had great advice and I never once saw him that he was not a happy man! RIP my friend.....
Don & Lynda Sproul May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Shirley, I was saddened to read of Jim's passing. He lead an impressive life, mostly serving others. The video revealed also that he had a fun-loving side also. You and Jim were blessed with your 57 years of marriage and three beautiful daughters. Billy and I send our most sincere sympathy and love to you and your family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of reflection on the life of your wonderful husband. Love to you, Sarah RW Bro. Jim, Rest in Peace, RW Bro. Bill W.
SARAH WILLMAN May 13 2021 12:00 AM