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James Herndon, Jr.

February 26, 1952 — December 16, 2022

James Edward Herndon, Jr., lovingly nicknamed "Bug", of Suffolk, VA peacefully passed away on December 16, 2022 at Sentara Obici Hospital at the age of 70 surrounded by family and friends. James was born on February 26, 1952 to his beloved parents, the late James Edward Herndon, Sr. and the late Lena Brock Herndon. James' tender, loving spirit, unique laugh and anointed singing voice will be missed and remembered in our hearts forever. James was a proud graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Suffolk, VA and Tidewater Community College, Suffolk, VA. He also attended St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, VA and Norfolk State University, VA. He used his college education to serve as a substitute teacher before beginning his career at Sentara Obici Hospital where he met his loving wife Mary Peele Herndon. James retired from Sentara Obici after over 30 years of service as a Print Shop Coordinator. Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his brother Donald Eric Herndon and sister, Linda Herndon Rogers. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Herndon; son, Arnold Warren, Jr. (Paulette); daughters, Erica Harper (Victor), Renarda Bradshaw (Lloyd, Jr.); five grandchildren, Chelsea Herndon, Preston Jones, Dennis Harrison, Jr., Lloyd Bradshaw, III and Llondyn Bradshaw; siblings, Alton Herndon (Sonya), Hazel Knight, Gloria Young (Reginald) and Sandra Harris (Dennis); his loving sister/cousin, Regena Herndon; loving aunt, Sallie Person and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. As a man of faith, James wanted a homegoing service that celebrates his eternal life in Heaven. Flowers may be sent to Crocker Funeral Home in Suffolk, VA. A celebration of life will be held noon, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at First Baptist Mahan Street, 112 Mahan Street, Suffolk, Virginia 23434. He will be laid to rest in Nansemond-Suffolk Cemetery. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home, Inc. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James Herndon, Jr., please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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First Baptist Church Mahan

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Suffolk, VA 23434

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