James Daniel Ramsey, Jr., 93, of Keysville, Virginia, departed this life on March 15, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 65 years, Lee “Skee” Hanmer Neal Ramsey; his son Thomas Hanmer Ramsey; an infant son; and his sister, Carolyn Gay Ramsey Jolly.

He is survived by his children James Daniel Ramsey, III, of Houston, Texas, and Katherine Electa Ramsey, of Glen Allen, Virginia; his grandchildren, Zachary Thomas Ramsey, of Ashland, Virginia, Jessica Lee Ramsey, of Richmond, Virginia, and Matthew Hagop Pierre Roose, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his niece and nephews, Leigh Ann Jolly Mason, Thomas Scott Jolly and Berkley Daniel Jolly.

Known to friends and family as “Jimmy,” “Poopa” or “Paw-paw,” he was born in Madisonville, Virginia, on April 16, 1929, and developed an appreciation for the simple things in life while growing up on the family farm during the Depression.  He graduated from Randolph-Henry High School, then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute as a member of its Corps of Cadets.  During the Korean War, he was called to serve on the front lines, where he was soon promoted to first lieutenant and assumed command of the U.S. Army’s Company D, 180th RCT, 45th Division.  He was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Upon returning to the United States, and motivated by his desire to return to Keysville to marry his high-school sweetheart, Skee, Jimmy completed the final three years of his college education in 18 months, earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  In addition to spending many, many hours in his beloved garden to produce fresh vegetables for his family and friends, Jimmy ran Neal’s Furniture and devoted himself to serving his church and community.  He was a volunteer on the Charlotte County Rescue Squad and the Keysville Fire Department.  He also served as Keysville Town Clerk for many years, and was later elected as mayor of Keysville for several terms.  He was also an active member of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors and many other community-related boards and committees.  Above all else, Jimmy was a faithful member of Keysville United Methodist Church and served as its Treasurer for many years.

As anyone who knew Jimmy well will readily attest, he was happiest when getting to know new people, riding his tractor or saving a penny.  But above all else, he was a kind, decent and unassuming man who was always willing to help anyone in need.  He was a natural leader who took it upon himself to solve problems and improve his community.  He will be greatly missed, but remembered by many.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Ash Camp Memorial Cemetery in Keysville. The family will receive friends at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Good Samaritan Ministries, (Richmond, Virginia) or Special Olympics Virginia (Area 31).  The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, Virginia, is serving the family.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jim snow

    16 March 2023 1 year ago

    As a friend of Southside spca,Jimmy will be missed

  2. Janice Daniel

    16 March 2023 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear that Jimmy has past .He was a sweet man and will be greatly missed. Sending my condolences to all.

  3. Robbie D. Pryor

    16 March 2023 1 year ago

    I was so very sorry to learn of Jimmy’s passing. my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and peace.
    Robbie D. Pryor

  4. Bart Crouch

    17 March 2023 1 year ago

    Jimmy was a great man, whom never met a stranger. Jimmy was always there lending a helping hand when needed, He will be greatly missed. Prayers and thoughts to the family, God Bless you all. Bart Crouch

  5. Tony W. Vaughan

    17 March 2023 1 year ago

    Prayers to the Family , Mr. Ramsey was a good man

  6. Ned Locke

    17 March 2023 1 year ago

    He will truly be missed. Prayers for the family.

  7. Robert Hudson

    18 March 2023 1 year ago

    Prayers and condolences to the family and friends. No matter how long in between meetings, he always remembered our last conversations and he had follow questions or comments. Always loved talking to him, he was the true sense of the word no nonsense guy and never met a stranger.

  8. Jerry and Connie Mason

    18 March 2023 1 year ago

    Much sympathy to all the family. A great man that never met a stranger and always remembered those that needed encouragement. Keysville will miss him!

  9. Tom Jolly

    18 March 2023 1 year ago

    Jimmy was a great citizen of this county, state and country. He was a true veteran as he answered his country’s call during the Korean War. He served his county faithfully. He was an inspiration to his family and always was proud of his roots. RIP.

  10. Bonnie R Gilliam

    21 March 2023 1 year ago

    Jimmy was a dedicated citizen and public servant. He was always ready to chat, always had something pertinent to ask you about, and left you feeling better for having had that conversation. I remember him as encouraging me to do new things and for praising my accomplishments. He will be missed.

  11. John Henry and Janice Noblin

    22 March 2023 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Jimmy . jimmy and skee was a great boss as I stayed with Mrs Neal he will really be miss never knew a stranger always willing to talk he enjoyed working for his community may God comfort the family during this difficult time RIP Jimmy

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