James “JN” Wesley Neighoff
CENTREVILLE — James “JN” Wesley Neighoff, 67, of Centreville, passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at Shock Trauma after a stroke. JN was born in Baltimore, on May 22, 1949, to the late John Wesley and Dorothy Neighoff, and grew up in Linthicum Heights and Glen Burnie. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1969-71 as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1975, and taught high school at Andover High School in Linthicum and at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore City. He was elected tenure from Baltimore City Schools in 1978.
He married Linda Melchor on July 13, 1979, in Annapolis. JN loved horseback riding, snow skiing, boating, golfing, hunting, music, riding his Harley, sailing his catamaran, and sharing these activities/adventures with his family and friends.
He loved his home away from home on the beautiful island of St. Croix. Jim often entertained family and friends with his story-telling, resulting in contagious laughter.
He owned Abbey Antiques located on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, and then moved the business to Federal Hill during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He also was the owner of Neighoff Contracting. He built beautiful homes that he said were “Neighoff” homes no matter how many times they were bought and sold, and would not compromise if the buyer wanted to cut corners.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Eric James Neighoff, and his daughter, Faith; and stepsons, Michael and Joseph Cornog; and his daughter, Allison Lynn Neighoff, and her daughter, Ava, of Centreville, MD. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Neighoff and husband, Jack Cromett, of Augusta, ME; brother, R. Steven Neighoff and his wife, Laurie, of Metairie, LA; sister, Linda Mueller and her husband, Bob, of Gardiner, ME; sister-inlaw, Patsy Melchor Hood and her husband, Bill, of Stevensville, MD; brothers-in-law, Wayne Melchor and his wife, Stephanie, of Pasadena, MD, and Brian Melchor and his wife, Wendy, of Annapolis, MD; his uncle, Jack Harman; and many loving nieces, nephews, and his lifelong, dear friends.
Our family is proud and inspired that Jim donated his organs, which saved lives and improved the lives of many others. And we thank “Living Legacy” for their caring and supportive attention to Jim and our family. Donations to the Living Legacy Foundation can be sent to: Living Legacy Foundation, ATTN: Ann Bromery, 1730 Twin Springs Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21227. Please notate in memory of James W. Neighoff.
A Veterans Honor Memorial service was held at the Crownsville Veteran’s Cemetery on Aug. 18.
JAMES “JN” WESLEY NEIGHOFF