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James Preston Duff II, 64, of Lynchburg, formerly of Salem, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Preston Sr, and Loretta Moore Duff, and brother, Alfred Timothy Duff.

He is survived by his son, James Preston Duff III; stepdaughter, Amber Urich (Joe); brother, Thomas Ray Duff (Susan); sister, Mary Duff; sister in law, Rhonda Wilson Duff; nieces and nephews, Shawn Duff; Amanda Duff; Preston Duff (Rebecca), and Andrew Vanderheyden; Celina Crank, Lawrence Crank (Jenny) ; Che’rer Franklin and very special friend, Vicki Coleman.

Jim was a huge sports enthusiast and collector. He loved UVA basketball and football, and was an avid fan, win or lose. He bled orange and blue…..WAHOOWA!!!! He enjoyed many years of coaching little league baseball, and basketball. He was a lifetime mentor to those he coached and enjoyed staying in touch with them over the years.

Special thanks to the staff at Lynchburg Health and Rehab for their kindness and loving care.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, VA.

If I should go tomorrow…it would never be goodbye, for I have left my heart with you, so don’t ever cry. The love that’s deep within me, shall reach you from the stars, you’ll feel it from the heavens, and it will heal the scars.

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

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Tray Barr

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May 2, 2021

THIS MAN WAS A MIRCLE IN MY LIFE AND WOULDN'T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY IF IT WASNT FOR HIM IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. HE WAS EVERYTHING TO ME AS A KID AND INTO ADULTHOOD JOE MONTANA TALKING FOOTBALL, WHOEVER TALKING BASEBALL SEGA MAN! BUT NO ONE OVER TALKED BIG JIM IN THOSE GAMES. THEN YOUR UNCLE TOMMY CAME OVER ONE DAY INTRODUCED US TO MADDEN AND THE WORLD WAS NEVER THE SAME!!! PLAYING GOLF WITH YOU AND HIM OUT AT BLUE HILLS GC AND YOU WERE PROBABLY 5 AND HIT A CHIP SHOT OUT OF THE BUNKER IN THE WHOLE!! I THOUGHT YOUR DAD WAS GONNA CRAP HIMSELF THEN HE WAS SO PROUD! FIRST DAY I EVER SKIPPED SCHOOL WAS TO GO TO BALTIMORE TO CAMDEN YARDS WITH YOUR FOLKS AND YOU I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO HALF DAY BUT WAS TOO EXCITED TO GO TO MY FIST MLB GAME AND TO A BIG CITY. SO THAT DAY WAS A FIRST IN MANY WAYS!!! HAVING HIM TEACH SHOW LEARN AND HOW TO PASS ON A SPORTS COLLECTION. BECAUSE OF YOUR POP I CREATED A MASTER PIECE AND WAS ABLE TO GROW IT AND SHARE IT WITH MY SON ZACH WHICH HE CONTINUES TO GROW TO THIS DAY. MY LAST DAYS WITH YOUR POP I WAS A HUSBAND, FATHER, AND WORKING TO MAKE MY WAY. HE STILL BELIEVED IN ME ENOUGH TO GET ME A SALES JOB IN WHOO'VILLE TO CONTINUE BECOMING THE MAN I AM TODAY. HOW ABOUT THEM WWE PPV'S WE USED TO GET. UM HUM YEAH DUDE. I WOULD NOT BE THE MAN I AM TODAY IF IT WASNT FOR GOOD OLE JIMMIE P. HE WAS A SECOND DAD TO ME FOR MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD INTO EARLY ADULTHOOD. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS LEGACY HE LAID ON ME. JPDII I PROMISE YOU I WILL LOOK TO THE SKY EVERYDAY AND THINK/THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE BECOME BECAUSE OF YOU. SO MUCH TO CATCH YOU UP ON! I'LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN MY FRIEND! YOUR BOY TRAY

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Pam

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May 2, 2021

I was blessed to be a part of your life, we made a beautiful son together and for him I will always be grateful. Rest In Peace and much love ❤️

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Vicki

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April 29, 2021

Jim took me to his favorite place on the planet , UVA !!!

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Vicki

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April 28, 2021

Jim you will forever live in my heart. ❤️ Jimmie , you and your family will be in my prayers through all the difficult days ahead.

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Josh

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April 28, 2021

Big Jim was a great man. I loved being around him and Jimmie while I was growing up. He taught us a lot and I always felt like he really cared for me and every other kid he coached. I’ll remember him most by his infectious smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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P L Medlin

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April 28, 2021

so sorry to hear of Jim's passing - may he rest in peace

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Denise Stull

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April 28, 2021

Jim was a childhood friend. I grew up with Jimmy and Timmy. They were both like brothers to me. I have a lot of fond memories playing sports with both of them. May you Rest In Peace. ❤️

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Vani Ahlers

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April 28, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. What a great man. He will be in my memories, forever.♥️

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James Duff III

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April 28, 2021

Me and my dad at the peach bowl parade. The morning before the UVA vs Auburn in the 2011 peach bowl.


 

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