Jimmie ‘Jimmie Hoop’ Leo Anthony, 63, jovial fellow who shared the joy of laughter

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Jimmie 'Jimmie Hoop' Leo Anthony
Jimmie ‘Jimmie Hoop’ Leo Anthony

WILLIAMSBURG — Jimmie “Jimmie Hoop” Leo Anthony, 63, peacefully departed this life Wednesday, July 15, 2020. He was born Dec. 16, 1956, in Montgomery, Alabama, to the late Julia Mae Anthony and Jimmie Lee.

Jimmie attended school in Williamsburg. He worked at Tudor Car Wash, Williamsburg, and Iceland Warehouse, Newport News. He attended HOPE Manifested Ministries, Hampton.

Jimmie loved being around family, friends and making people laugh. He enjoyed life to the fullest, always making a friend and spreading the joy of laughter to everyone he met. Everyone knew him as “Jimmie Hoop,” or, “Jimmie from Denbigh”.

In his last days, Jimmie had two very special caregivers and friends, Gisele Bennafield and Roberta (Bert) Grooms. During the last weeks of his life, he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. He was surrounded by family and friends who ministered to him as he prepared to transition. If you asked him how he was feeling his response would be, “I feel pretty good.” He preached a message toward the end of his earthly journey, never complaining about his situation. Although life had its challenges and struggles, Jimmie would always say, “God is good.”

He was preceded in death by a son, Marquis L. Bennafield; and sister, Lavern Jordan.

Jimmie is survived by two children, Leticia Richeson and Jontae Bennafield; two grandchildren, Demond Richeson and Amari Kirby; special daughter, Lynnasia Simpson; three siblings, Iverson L. Gary of Colorado, Johnny J. Gary of North Carolina and Teresa A. Lassiter (Johnny) of Virginia; and a host of family and friends.

Mr. Anthony may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, at Whiting’s Funeral Home. A private family funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Facebook livestreaming will be available for this service.

Psalm 107:1-2: O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

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