James Plympton

James Edward Plympton Jr.

Saturday, April 28th, 1951 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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James E. Plympton, Jr., 69, of Salem, VA, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Saturday, April 28, 1951, in Ohio to the late Ruth Randall Plympton and James Plympton. Jim started and operated JEPCO Pressure Cleaning in 1984 and continued its operation until the time of his passing. He was a member of Fort Lewis Baptist Church in Salem, where he served as a youth Sunday school teacher for over 40 years; he also served as a Deacon. In Christ-like stewardship, he always found time to help others. This Christian trait was most evident in his work with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Relief Volunteer since 1980 and his involvement as the driver of the Spirit of America Disaster Relief mobile kitchen. Jim was a former member of the Lions Club, a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and Transport for Christ. He was a tender-hearted man who found laughter in everything with his quick sense of humor. He could fix anything, especially cars or small engines. The simple pleasures in life were the best, notably: chocolate cake, peanut M&Ms, a big cup of black coffee, and watching westerns and NASCAR on TV. He enjoyed the traditional hymns of faith and 60’s music!
He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Janice Plympton; son, Jimmy Plympton and wife, Annette; daughter, Jan Forster, and husband, Justin; grandchildren, Beth Plympton, Willie Plympton and fiancé, Autumn Mitchell, Jeremiah Plympton, Jake Pendleton, Haley Pendleton, Jordan Forster, Justice Forster, Jamie Forster, and Jace Forster; sister Kathy Delaware and husband, Dave; brothers, Dave Plympton and Kit Plympton; numerous brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all of their customers and friends who supported JEPCO Pressure Cleaning for 36 years, family members and friends who shared words of encouragement and ceaseless prayer, and the Good Samaritan Hospice Team for their kind and compassionate care.
In response to COVID-19, the visitation and celebration of life will be held outdoors at Fort Lewis Baptist Church, 4215 West Main Street, Salem, VA, 24153 on Sunday October 18, 2020.
Friends may visit with the family at the church from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a service beginning at 4 p.m. The use of face masks and social distancing is encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorial contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, any cancer charity of your choice, or to Fort Lewis Baptist Church in honor of Jim.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Fort Lewis Baptist Church
    4215 W Main St
    Salem, VA 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The visitation will be held outdoors at the church.
  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 4:00pm
    Fort Lewis Baptist Church
    4215 W Main St
    Salem, VA 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The celebration of life will be held outdoors at the church.


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Posted at 07:34pm
To Janice, Sending lots of love and hugs and prayers your way! From, Your KidsZone family!
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Suzanne Brown

Posted at 08:50pm
Dear Janice and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was an amazing Christian man and a blessing to so many people, including our family. He was one of the most light-hearted, genuinely kind people we have ever know, sure to leave you with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family. God bless, Love Sharon, Jennifer, Suzanne, Linda and all the Brown Family

Tyrone Dudley

Posted at 07:30pm
Jim was a kind man who never hesitated to help someone. His humor was unmatched. He was an amazing Sunday School teacher who could simplify God's Word for anyone. Prayers for his wonderful wife Janice and his kids.

Diana Alexander

Posted at 03:48pm
We are so sorry for your loss Janice! We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Love, Brian, Diana, Bella & Kinsley Alexander

Hope Fralin

Posted at 11:31am
Jimmy, Janice & Jan,

You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. "Big" Jim was always such a very kind, humble, happy, and caring and a family man. He was such a man of God and we know that he is up in Heaven in a better place fully healed without any suffering while looking upon you all. He was always willing to help anyone. We are honored that we got to know him over the years. He was a man that any and every one could look up to and want to be just a touch of the wonderful person he was. We cannot say enough good things about "Big" Jim. He will be greatly and sadly missed. We will miss seeing you out eating around town and hearing your beeps as you pass by the house on your way home. We are here if you all need anything at all.

With our sincere condolences.
Rodney & Hope

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