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1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
James Bland

James Edward Bland

Monday, January 4th, 1954 - Monday, April 27th, 2020
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James Edward Bland

James Bland, known to friends as “Jimmy” made an unexpected transition to his heavenly home on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the young age of 66, as a Die-Hard New York Giants Fan!
A native of Tidewater Park, he attended New Calvary Baptist Church, where he served on the Usher Board and Omnibus driver. He loved driving the members of the Congregation to various outings.
He was the youngest son born to the late Sara V. Bryant and John R. Bland Sr., on January 4, 1954, in Norfolk, VA.
Entering the workforce, Jimmy enlisted in the United States Army, as a Stock Clerk. He proudly served his country and was Honorably discharged. Shortly after, he gained employment on Norfolk Operating Base (NOB), as an Aircraft Freight Loader. Jimmy also worked a part-time job, at National Linen, as a Lead Machine Operator.
In 1991, he was employed with Vico Construction Company. Jimmy also worked for a landscaping company where he gained the skills to maintain the lawns of his family and friends. As we know he never sat still; he found a part-time job working at Parks Food Store in Norfolk during the evenings and on weekends. In 1996 he secured a position with the City of Norfolk, working his way to Lead Supervisor. After 20 years of hard work and dedication he retired from the City of Norfolk, December 1, 2016, as a Grounds Keeper.
Jimmy will forever be remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Priscilla Curtis Bland, his two daughters; Tanisha Haynes (Anthony) and Franchesca Bland; three sons, Charles, Christopher and Cordell Curtis. Five grandchildren; Imani and Ayden Haynes, Jalen Peterkin, Cordajua and Cordell Curtis Jr. Beloved Brother, John R. Bland Jr. (Valarie); a sister-in-law, Belinda Outlaw (Charles); a brother-in-law, Robert Curtis Jr. (Helena, deceased); a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends, among them very close and dear friend Aaron Monroe
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home
    Address
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Friday, May 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Location
    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    5310 Milner's road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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Tanisha Bland Haynes

Posted at 03:25pm
Da, It’s been 2 weeks and the pain is still so fresh. My heart aches to hear your voice just one more time. Mother’s Day, I didn’t receive your early morning call. I miss our weekly chats, you asking me the same question 50,11 times😂. ANTHONY planted a rose bush in the front yard for you🌹. Imma miss you MY JOKA, MY JIMMY, MY OLÉ MAN, MY DADDY, MY DA❤️
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Dyanne Saunders

Posted at 06:54pm
Well, Jim Bob as Fred use to say, May you rest in peace. We all have our memories of you.The family always remember you as uncle Jimmy. I have my memories you were the best two stepper there was ..I remember you and I took the floor doing the two steppin at Fagan one Sunday night..So bro and law rest in peace. --- Dyanne Saunders
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LASHAN ANITA WILLIAMS

Posted at 10:04pm
Priscilla and family, Our deepest sympathy are with you just remember that god only takes the best for his garden and James was one of the best. James may be gone from sight but he will always be remember by all whom knew him. Rest on James Andrew Bug Privott and LaShan Privott
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Posted at 11:10am
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