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James B. Virden, Jr.  

James B. “Jimmy” Virden, Jr.

November 20, 1943 ~ March 19, 2015

James B. Virden, Jr., age 71, of Millsboro, Delaware and formerly of New Castle passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

A lifelong resident of Delaware, he was born in Wilmington on November 20, 1943, son of the late James B. Virden, Sr. and Margaret Milman.

He attended DeLaWarr High School.  Jimmy, as he was affectionately known by many, made his career as a chemical operator with ICI Americas in New Castle.  Following 24 years of dedicated service, he retired in 2001.

As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed boating and fishing.  He was an avid Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Phillies fan and, as a NASCAR fan, enjoyed rooting on his favorite driver, #48, Jimmie Johnson.

He and his wife, Arlene, were life members of the New Castle Rod and Gun Club and both possessed a fondness for dogs.

For those who were blessed to know Jimmy, he will always be remembered as a “good man”, always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need.  Jimmy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Mae Millman, and his loving wife, Arlene F. Virden.  He is survived by a son, James B. Virden III (Karen) of Newark; three stepdaughters, Lisa Kunz (Michael) of Clayton; Kim Baker of New Castle and Kerri Revill (Alan) of Virginia Beach, VA; two grandsons, James B. Virden IV and Ryan J. Virden and nine step-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with Jimmy’s family from 9 am to 11 am on Thursday morning, March 26, 2015 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where funeral services will be held at 11 am.  Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In memory of Jimmy’s love for dogs, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A. Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Joyce Millman-Miller, March 21, 2015

    Jimmy will be greatly missed by many. He was my favorite Uncle and always full of laughter and mischief. I’ll treasure the memories of the family holidays and summers spent in his company, There was never a dull moment when Jimmy was around. Rest in peace.

  2. Robert Virden, March 22, 2015

    I would like to express to the family members my sincere condolences. I am so sorry to hear of this.

  3. Terri Colegrove, March 23, 2015

    I am so sad to hear Jim passed away. I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last couple of years. He always spoke so highly of his family, especially his grandchildren. I ‘m sure he’s somewhere wearing his redskins cap, drinking his coffee, doing his crossword puzzles and hopefully sitting with his wife who hear dearly missed.
    My sympathy to the Virden family.


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