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James Arthur Lott

March 8, 1943 - December 15, 2021

James Arthur Lott, 78, of Lynchburg, VA, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  He was the husband of the late Darlene Myers Lott.

Born March 8, 1943, in Portsmouth, VA, Jim was a son of the late Willard Lott and the late Dorothy Raines Lott.  Jim was a 1961 graduate of Cradock High School.  After graduation, he moved to the Washington D.C. area and worked for the F.B.I.  It was while working there that he met Darlene. They married May 18, 1968. Several years later they relocated to Chesapeake, VA.  He is a former member of Temple Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA, where he served for many years as the Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Sunday School Superintendent, AWANA Commander and enjoyed singing in the choir. Jim retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard with 38 years of federal service including time spent in the United States Marine Corps, Reserves.  After retirement, Jim and Darlene relocated to Lynchburg, VA. There he became an active member of Heritage Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a beloved employee of Tharp Funeral Home. Jim joined Gideon’s International with the Portsmouth camp and later transferred to the Lynchburg camp.  Jim was an avid sports fan and enjoyed volunteering as a Liberty University ambassador for basketball and football games and watching as many games as he could.  Jim was always ready with a joke (funny or not) and a quick laugh.

In addition to Darlene and his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Purity and Grady Pitts.

Jim is survived by his children, Christine Lott, of Fort Mill, SC, Andy (Julie) Lott, of Bartlett, TN, and Rebecca Lott, of Soignies, Belgium; seven beloved grandchildren, Carrie, Anna, Gui, Ben, Matthew, Sophie, and Guang; brother, Thomas (Dallas) Lott, of Charlotte, NC; nieces, Theresa (Tony) Hahn, Regina (Andreas) Schumacher and nephews, Joel (Tammy) Pitts, Jason (Lisa) Lott, and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.  A celebration of Jim’s life will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Heritage Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Kroll officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Gideons International, P.O. Box 4723, Lynchburg, VA, 24502 or at https://www.sendtheword.org/.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.  A celebration of Jim's life will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Heritage Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Kroll officiating.

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I have been Mr. Lott's mail carrier for the last 13 years. He was always a very kind person and would always speak or wave hello. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by Holly D Thompson on December 20, 2021

Prayers for your family I always enjoyed working with Jim when he would help at Tharp in Madison Heights . He was definitely the Cookie Monster

Posted by Sharon L Cash on December 20, 2021

Jim was a dear friend to me and my late husband Carl Stringfield. It was a privilege to serve the Lord with him and Darlene for many years at Temple and in the Gideons! My prayers are with the children.

Posted by Ruth Stringfield on December 20, 2021

So sorry to learn of Jim's home going. He was a good friend. We will be praying for the family. He is with your mom and his Lord.

Posted by Martin Hager on December 20, 2021

Dear Rebecca....Our deepest condolences to you and family. You were blessed to have a father so special and caring. His memory will live forever in our hearts.

Posted by Tess and Rudy on December 20, 2021

Jim was a mentor to me when I joined the Gideon Ministry. He always encouraged me to take that next position within the ministry. He loved the Lord and it was very evident in his daily life. I will truly miss you Jim, my mentor and my friend. I know you are loving heaven, reunited with Darlene and seeing Jesus face to face. Lynchburg South Gideons will not be the same without you. But we will see you again my brother. Love you, in Christ. Ron Siver Vice President Membership Chairman Lynchburg South Camp Gideons International

Posted by Ron Siver on December 19, 2021

Jimmy was a well-liked member of the Cradock High School Class of 1961. He remained active with his class during the many years since High school days. He will be remembered for his kindness. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Bernie Kirsch on December 18, 2021

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