James Woodrow Rimm, was born on Saturday, July 1, 1939 in Southampton County to the parentage of the late Woodrow and Gertrude Rimm. While growing up in the Rimm residence, James accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, joined and was baptized in the Galilee Baptist Church of Branchville, Virginia. It was there that his love for God was developed and spiritual gifts were nurtured. James’ childhood was nurtured by God, but also by his maternal grandparents - the late James ‘Son’ and Amelia Boone - who were indispensable in his life.
James received his formal education in Southampton County Public School System. He did not complete his education due to the time of his upbringing, which taught him that working was essential for putting food on the table and taking care of your family. Although his education was limited, he had an intellectual insight for taking care of business, his finances and being a vital provider for his family. He absolutely loved his family and would do anything humanly possible to make life easier for them.
Family was important to James and he decided that he would start a family of his own after he met and united in Holy Matrimony to the late Melvyn Lundy Rimm on May 18, 1958. This union was blessed with three children: Patricia, Darlene and the late James Alonzo Rimm. On December 11, 2002 James married Urselina Joyner. Knowing that he was the provider for his wife and children, he made sure that he was committed to hard work and worked many jobs throughout life to include: Farming (Spence Farm), Logging, (Weyerhaeuser Co.), Boykins Milling Company, Atlantic Woods (Koppers), and his last job as a Bus Driver for Southampton County Public Schools. After working for many years, he decided to retire and during his retirement, he found great joy watching The Gospel Network, Westerns, and most of all the Soap Operas. If anyone called him at 12:15, they only had 15 minutes to talk because when 12:30 came, it was a wrap (Soap Operas started)!
Not only did James enjoy watching TV, but one of his favorite pastimes was hunting. He was a member of The Hall Town Hunting Club for many years, where he served as the Treasurer. He was known as the Jokester. He would tell jokes and laugh at them as though he had never heard or told them before. James would also develop a nickname for almost everyone he knew. If he gave you a nickname, you would never be called by your government name again. He did this out of favor and love because nicknames are commonly used for affection, familiarity and friendship.
James was well known in the community, but also in the church as he served as the Superintendent of Sunday School for numerous years, and as a Deacon for over 50 years. He was a faithful member hardly missing any Sundays, until his health failed a few years ago. Although he was unable to attend, he still supported this church financially.
Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what’s to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay… Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know. For some the journey is quicker, For some the journey’s slow. And when the journey nally ends, We’ll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the Lord. On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, James departed this life’s journey and entered into eternal rest. In addition to many family members who have gone on before him, James was also preceded in death by his one and only brother, Shelton ‘Squeak’ Rimm.
Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day, in that land that they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away. He leaves to cherish and sustain his memories: his loving, caring and devoted wife, Urselina J. Rimm of the home; his daughters, Susan Patricia Rimm of Boykins, Virginia and Darlene Rimm Stephenson (Thaddeus) of Branchville, Virginia; grandchildren, Antonio D. Grant (Jacinta) and Consuela Murphy all of Boykins, Virginia, Shonta’ J. Rimm of Hampton, Virginia, Thaddeus “TJ” Stephenson, Jr. of Longview, Texas and Indiyah C. Stephenson of Branchville, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Devonta Gaymon, Antonio “DJ” Grant, Jr., Clyontae Garris, Jazari, Antonia Grant, Anterius Grant and LyRik Jeter; sisters-in-law, Mae Cavion Flythe of Pendleton, North Carolina, Regina Branch of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Kathelyn, Towanda and Josephine Joyner all of Boykins, Virginia; brothers-in-law, Joseph Lundy, II (Mildred) of Branchville, Virginia; Johnny White of Emporia, Virginia and Ernest C. Joyner of Ahoskie, North Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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