James F. ‘Red’ Angell, 95, WWII veteran who retired from shipyard

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James 'Red' Angell
James ‘Red’ Angell

James F. “Red” Angell, 95, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 14, 2016, with family by his side.

He was a native of Franklin County, Virginia. Born to John G. Angell and Steelia Gay Mills, he was the youngest of six children.

James joined the Army Air Corps and served in WW II from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater aboard a B29 Bomber, stationed on Tinian Island when the war ended. Returning home, he resumed his career at Newport News Shipyard, retiring from the X18 welding department as a supervisor in 1983. Following retirement, he spent his time woodworking, fishing and crabbing, attending bluegrass festivals, enjoying life with family and friends, and tinkering on various projects in his garage.

James was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, loving wife of 41 years, Iris, and newborn daughter Rebecca. He is survived by his son, John Angell of Seaford, Virginia; a daughter Judy Furches and her husband Steve of Yorktown; grandchildren, Jimmy and Danielle Angell and Jim and Melina Furches; and a host of nieces and nephews in and around Franklin County, Virginia. He is also survived by a special friend, Janet DeJarnette, and her family of South Boston, Virginia and surrounding communities.

To honor Dad’s legacy, our wish is for you to extend a random kindness to someone with no expectation of recognition or reward.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel; burial with military honors will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Amory Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the charity of your choice.