JAMES ASBURY STRAND, affectionately known to many as Fisher, was born to the late Conway and Willianna Ayres Strand on January 27, 1930 in Onley, Virginia. As God whispered his name, James quietly entered peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus at his residence in Parksley, Virginia. James was a loving and devoted husband for sixty-four years to the love of his life, Virginia (Jean) Northam Strand.
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Upon graduating high school, James enlisted into the United States Army receiving an honorable discharge. He then entered the workforce and gave many years of dedicated service to the R. C. Evans Company followed by his retirement from the State of Virginia ABC Board. While employed, he gained many friendships through the entire Eastern Shore and was often acknowledged whether shopping or at a doctor’s visit. He was widely known for many unspoken acts of kindness and held in high regard by all that encountered him. His sphere of influence reached many, especially among his telephone buddies with whom he would chat almost daily.
A lifelong member of Gaskins Chapel AME Church, James served diligently as a Trustee and member of the Male Choir and could often be found doing other ministry in the building up of the church. He was a lifelong and dedicated member of the Mystic Lodge #64 giving leadership and guidance to incoming members with pride.
He often spoke with love and great pride of his nephews Larry, Tommy, Keith, and Calvin and niece Barbara Ann as he was a father figure to them.
Those left to cherish fond memories are: his devoted wife, Virginia “Jean”; son, Ronnie, Sr. and wife Stella; daughter, Yvonne and husband Wade; sister, Margaret; five grandchildren; Melanie, Ronnie (Ebony), Marcus (Darlene), Marlow, and Kristal (Corey); fourteen great-grandchildren; three great, great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends. He was predeceased by his siblings, Vernon, Stanley, Roy, Frances, and Pearlie.