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James Edison Durrance, Sr.

July 22, 1929 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

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James Edison Durrance, Sr., 94, of Okeechobee, Florida peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at his daughter’s house in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

James was born in Valdosta, Georgia in 1929 and was one of 11 children to Albert W. and Louelle Pipkins Durrance. After attending school in Florida, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served in both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He received numerous medals and awards over the course of his 20 years of service. After separation from the Marine Corp, James worked in the federal penitentiary system and hospitality industry. He settled in Falmouth, VA where he raised a family, later retiring to his home state of Florida.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Rowley (Fred) of Spotsylvania, VA; sons James Durrance, Jr. of Okeechobee, FL and Dale Durrance (Rebecca) of Mineral, VA; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Sheran Whittaker and Elizabeth Vickery; brother Sammie Durrance; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Josephine Grace Plum; sisters Hazel and Mary; brothers Richard, Albert, Jerry “Ranger”, Neely, and David; along with one great-granddaughter.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be on Thursday, November 16, 2023 in Fort Drum Cemetery, Florida. Buxton Funeral Home is assisting the family in Okeechobee, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in James’ memory be made to your local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.


Services

Visitation
Friday
November 10, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
10830 Patriot Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Celebration of Life
Friday
November 10, 2023

11:00 AM
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
10830 Patriot Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

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