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James M. Thrift

imageJames M. “Buck” Thrift, 80, a lifelong resident of Woods Cross Road in Gloucester, passed away at his home on Friday, September 5, 2008. 

He was a farmer and logger and a life member of the Gloucester Moose Lodge where he received his Pilgrim Degree in 1987. He also was a member of Salem United Methodist Church where his family were the founders. 

Mr. Thrift was also the first farmer in Gloucester to raise 100 bushels of corn to the acre (1953). 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Frances Thrift; and a son, James Marion Thrift.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marion H. Thrift; a daughter, Muriel White and husband Mark; a son, Charles “Chuckie” Foster and wife Alison; a grandson, Tyler; three sisters, Margaret Bristow and husband Charles, Louise Cameron and Mary Wise; four nephews, Morris Cameron, Cleveland Cameron, Nathan Wise and Franklin Bristow; and a niece, Frances Sheppard. 

A Pilgrims service was held Monday in Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, with funeral services conducted by Rev. Rita L. Staul, Rev. Eugene R. Larkin and Rev. Willie B. Guill Jr. Interment was in the church cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, VA 23061; or Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507.

posted 09.10.2008

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