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James Anthony Deskins, 39, of Abbs Valley, VA, passed away and went home in the arms of angels on Monday, June 19th, 2017 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, following a twenty-two year hard fought battle with Chrohn's Disease. Born February 8th, 1978, in Bluefield, WV, James was the son of Norma Paynter Deskins and Martin Deskins.
Beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, James loved his family dearly, was a mommy's boy and proud of it, and shared a close relationship with his niece, Mara, who affectionately referred to him as her "Jaygee". He would often refer to her as the closest thing he had to a daughter.
James was a sports aficionado, and closely followed his two favorite teams, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Redskins. James, a child of the eighties, still loved the music, movies, and tv shows of the decade he was born in. He was also a sci-fi fan, and loved Star Wars and Batman.
James was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Maye Deskins, and maternal grandmother, Marie Paynter.
His survivors include his parents, Martin and Norma Deskins of Abbs Valley, VA, and two brothers, Matthew Deskins and companion Amy McPherson, of Bluefield, WV, and Jonathan Deskins and wife Melissa, of Arcadia, NC. Nieces include Mara McPherson of Bluefield, WV, and Zoe and Willow Deskins, of Arcadia, NC.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 1st, at 3:00 pm, at Rodriquez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, VA, with the Reverend Timothy Hairston officiating. Following James' wishes, his body has been cremated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chrohn's and Colitis Foundation, www.ccfa.org, or your local charity.
Published on June 29, 2017
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