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James "Jim" Madison DeBord

March 17, 1945 — August 9, 2020

Chilhowie, Va.

James “Jim” Madison DeBord, age 75, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020, in Abingdon, Va.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Harrison DeBord and Ettie Jane Dempsey DeBord; Ann Wheeler, his wife; brothers, Earl and Walter DeBord; sister, Maudeen DeBord Blevins; brother-in-law, Lloyd Jackson Blevins, Sr.; sister-in-law, Mary Mildred DeBord; paternal grandparents, Creed and Margaret Roop DeBord; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Mertie Suit Dempsey; niece, Deborah Kay Blevins; and friend of many years, W.A. Wolfe, Jr. 

Jim is survived by his son, James (Christina) Wheeler; stepson, Bill Wheeler; stepdaughter, Kathryn (Ric) Wheeler Pfister; brothers, Gerald and William DeBord; sisters, Mattie, Brenda, and Glenda DeBord; grandchildren, James, Drew, Sarah Jean, Rebecca, and Ben Wheeler; great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Violet, and James Wheeler; sister-in-law, Julia Price Wilcox; and beloved canine companion, HEIDI.  He is also survived by nephews, nieces, and cousins. 

Jim will be deeply missed by all his family, friends, and neighbors, especially his sense of humor, funny stories, tall tales, and “impish smile.”   

Visitation with the family will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service.  Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Chilhowie, Va, with Rev. Joe Powers officiating.  Those wishing to attend the service are asked to convene at the cemetery. 

Those wishing to express sympathy online or send “hugs from home” may do so by visiting The family of James “Jim” Madison DeBord is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.
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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

6:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Main Street Chapel, Farris Funeral Service

427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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