Rappahannock News

James B. "Jim" Bywaters Jr.

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James B. “Jim” Bywaters Jr., 57, of Flint Hill, Virginia was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, March 30, 2022 at Fauquier Hospital in the arms of his loving parents, James Buddy Bywaters Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Smoot Bywaters.

A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. on Monday, April 4, 2022 at Washington Masonic Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiatin­g in Washington, Virginia 22747.

He was born May 28, 1964 and graduated from Rappahanno­ck County High School in 1982.

Even though he was confined to a wheel chair most of his adult life due to a devastatin­g diving accident in 1984. He never lost his sense of humor and love of everything and everyone. He inspired everyone who met him and he taught his family so many beautiful things in life as seen through his eyes.

His aunt, Joan Oliver, set him up with his own personal computer which he was able to navigate on his own. It brought him so much joy to be able to talk with his friends.

His grandfathe­r told him about the purple martins he grew up with and how they eat mosquitos. He wanted our Jim to be able to enjoy his deck in the summer while enjoying the birds. After several years it was achieved and he has had hundreds of birds return for nearly twenty years. He looked forward to their arrival every spring.

He is survived by Krystal Cole Smoot, his cousin who was more like a sister; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He will be sadly missed by his family who had so many wonderful memories with him.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparen­ts, Lloyd and Vergie Green Bywaters; and his maternal grandparen­ts, Arthur Smoot Sr. and Goldie Riley Smoot; his beloved uncle Bobby Smoot; and his constant companion, his dog Ziggy.

Flowers or memorial contributi­ons may be made to Heartland Hospice at: 493 Blackwell Rd. suite 319 Warrenton, VA 22186

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