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James Floyd Richmond, 1909 – 2007

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 James Floyd Richmond, born Dec. 29, 1909, on McCallester Ridge near Wileysville, Wetzel County, in West Virginia, was the eldest son of the late Friend and Julie Jane Dakan Richmond.
 Floyd met his Jesus at the altar of a small country church during a revival. He was fortunate that surrounding him were supporting Christians and clergy. Through their encouragement and his devotion, he thought he could meet a higher calling. Arrangements were made that he could be assigned a charge while continuing working. He had 30 years of service with Wheeling-Pitts. Steel Benwood Corporation. The Friendly, W.Va., charge had seven churches, and was 60 miles from the steel mill. He used his vacation time to study at the seminary in Washington, D.C. Fate may have played a part, for there was a steelworkers strike, a little later a retirement buyout, and a conference ordaining. The next few years, we think, he served six charges including 20 churches. Fate may have again stepped in, because a West Virginia Conference disappointment became a Virginia Conference blessing.  In the Virginia Conference, he served Rehoboth Parish in the Rappahannock District from 1970 to 1974, when he retired. Although he was a “come here,” he loved Virginia — Kilmarnock in particular — because of the people he had grown to know and love so much. We think our mom, the former Helen Mae Klag (deceased), his wife of 61 years, was his perfect life’s companion. She fulfilled her special ministry. After returning home he continued worshiping and serving that small country church. His last sermon was with failing eyesight.
 Churches Floyd served include: 1959 – Friendly Charge, Raven Rock, Long Reach, Friendly, Zion, Archen’s Chapel, Shiloh, and Little; 1964 – Bowen Charge; 1966 – Friendly Charge; and 1968 – Reader Charge. Association memberships included: United Methodist Men; Every Man’s Share Nashville, Tenn.; Society of St. Andrew, Big Island, Va.; FM.AM Phoenix Lodge No. 73, Sistersville; Chapter No. 27 R.A.M. Commandary Knights Templer of Paden City, W.Va.; Farm Bureau of Marshall County, W.Va.; vice president Board of Directors, Senior Center, Moundsville and Glendale, W.Va.; Volunteer Nutrition program Golden Towers; Historical Society, Jackson Mills. He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, Va.
 Survivors include: three sons and one daughter: Floyd Dean (Phyllis) Richmond; Ronald Dale Richmond; Susan Carol (Jerry) Waters; James David Richmond; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers Oren (Slim), wife Grace; Elmer, wife Mary; and Robert Daken, wife Margorie.
— The children of Helen Mae and the Rev. James Floyd Richmond


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