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James "Jim" Morris Hoye
James Morris Hoye of Goode passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 7, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret “Dee” Hoye, a brother Randy Hoye (Nelda), and four children: Elizabeth Kester (Chapman), Jennifer Leibowitz (Jeff), Mark Hoye (Debra), and Jeff Hoye (Anna). He was blessed to have 11 grandchildren: Benjamin, Samantha, Allison, Matthew, Travis, Kevin, Thomas, Morgan, Madison, Samuel James, & Landin. Also, he was surrounded with the joy of eight great grandchildren: Molly, Penelope, Annabel, Alice, Allison, Autumn, Elijah, & Iris. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel Hoye and Lula Snead Hoye.
James was born in Beckley, West Virginia and moved with his young family to Virginia after graduating West Virginia Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for a short time at the Radford Arsenal before finding his dream job at the paper mill located in Big Island, Virginia where he worked for over 30 years. He started in the maintenance department before moving to operations. He stayed with his “second” work family through the changes from Owens-Illinois, to Great Northern Nekoosa, to Georgia-Pacific. After retiring in 1997 he helped start a coal hauling business that he remained active with until he sold the corporation.
Outside of work he remained active with various charitable endeavors that involved everything from maintaining the integrity of the Appalachian Trail to repairing houses in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, along with building houses in the Bedford area with Habitat For Humanity, and volunteering at the National D-Day Memorial.
His favorite pastimes when not helping others was to spend time with his family. From yearly trips out west with his grandchildren and Dee to the beach trips with the whole extended family to the Outer Banks he wanted to instill a sense of community within his family. He was a teacher, a mentor, a father, a friend and a hero to his family. He will be thought of and missed on a daily basis.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to either the Big Island Emergency Crew 10961 Lee-Jackson Highway Big Island, VA 24526 phone: 434-478-1822 or the National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford, VA 24523 phone: 540-586-3329.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
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