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James William Lightner

January 11, 2022

James W. Lightner, age 72, died on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Lynchburg General Hospital from a blood infection.  Jim was born in Syracuse N.Y. to John and Elizabeth Lightner. He was one of five children.

Jim graduated from Holy Cross Catholic High School and Louisburg Junior College. After spending his younger years working at Craddock Terry Shoe Corporation, Jim became a Walmart associate where he was known for his strong work ethic and customer service.

As a young adult, he was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis. As a disease which affects your physical appearance, Jim never complained about his condition – always wearing short sleeves as he believed the Lord made him that way, he wasn’t going to hide it.

He is predeceased by his parents and his younger brother Dan. He is survived by his brother William Lightner of Forest, his sister Linda Davis of Louisa and his sister Kathleen Paris of Warrenton.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on February 1, 2022

Our prayers are with him in heaven and his earthly family Sincerely the Caylor Family

Posted by Anne Marie Sara CAYLOR on January 24, 2022

We will miss Jim and our visits and conversations. His faith and belief in our Lord were always evident and he shared them with those he knew and met. He would often tell me that God was in charge of his life and that his trust was in HIM. GOD BLESS YOU.... JIM.

Posted by John/Janet Jones on January 23, 2022

I lived up the street from your family growing up. Every time I saw Jim at Walmart he always had a big smile for me

Posted by Dana Chenault on January 23, 2022

Sorry to hear the news on Jimmy. Met him as a kid playing baseball against a team he coached. Later I sat with him many times at games at city stadium. He was a true fan. After that I saw him many times at Walmart. I will miss him. Hi to the family.

Posted by Stuart Porter on January 23, 2022

I worked with Jim at Walmart on Wards Rd., for years.He was always so kind.Always took time out to speak and talk about the days adventures.Praying for his family.Rest in Heaven Mr.Jim,job well done.

Posted by Cynthia M Perkins on January 18, 2022

I took this picture from a copy that Jim had gotten ahold of while he was still working with us at Walmart.

Posted by Christopher Catron on January 18, 2022

I took this picture from a copy that Jim had gotten ahold of while he was still working with us at Walmart.

Posted by Christopher Catron on January 18, 2022

Jim was such a wonderful and kind friend! I will miss him and his laugh.

Posted by Angela Neas on January 17, 2022

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