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James W. ‘Jim’ Gribble Sr., 87, served in the Air Force for 27 years

James W. 'Jim' Gribble Sr.
James W. ‘Jim’ Gribble Sr.

YORKTOWN — James W. “Jim” Gribble Sr., 87, a resident of York County since 1977, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, including tours in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following that, he worked for the federal government at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for 13 years.

Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed competing in numerous local golf tournaments with such experiences as winning the Little Masters Tournament at Langley AFB in the same year in which his fellow Ohioan, Jack Nicklaus, won the The Masters Tournament at Augusta National. He was awarded both “Longest Drive” and “Closest to Pin” in the same year at the Annual York River Masonic Golf Tournament. His team frequently participated in and also won 1st place in the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Shoot-Out. And while his extensive travels did not lead him to Scotland, he was recognized for a hole-in-one by the Virginia State Golf Association.

Jim was a lifelong fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. He was a former longtime bowling league member and secretary. His community service included American Red Cross Bloodmobile, Tabb High School Band Parent Association president and Trinity Lutheran School Golf Tournament chairman.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Cindy Behlmar, Michael (Diana) Behlmar and Michael Gribble; and grandchildren, Mikayla Behlmar and Alexander Gribble. As one of 12 siblings, he is survived by his older brother, Philip (Dorothy) O’Hara. He was preceded in death by his son, James (Nancy) Gribble Jr.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton. A celebration of life will follow, along with interment with Military Honors, at Parklawn Memorial Park. Due to COVID-19, there are attendee limitations.

We applaud him as “always too early, never late, the Lord must be ready for him!”

Share online condolences with the family at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.

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