James “Jimmy” Ryland Crews, 74, passed away peacefully December 20, 2021. “Roundman,” as he was affectionately known, was born July 22, 1947, at Grace Hospital in Richmond to his beloved parents, James S. and Edna Epps Crews, who preceded him in death.  He is survived by his Uncle and Aunt, Bobby and Martha Epps of Halifax County, and cousins Cathy Sue Epps, Monty Epps, and Patty Brown Loftis. Jimmy is also survived by his adopted extended Vassar Family who were blessed to love him and have him join the family when he and “Pop” decided to make Charlotte Court House home over 25 years ago.   Jimmy easily absorbed into his life all of the kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins, and best friends who came with life in Charlotte County.

Jimmy graduated from Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield in 1965 as a standout athlete and friend to all. He began serving in the United States Navy in 1965, completing multiple tours in Vietnam with some of that time spent aboard the USS DuPont.  Though very humble about his service, Jimmy was a combat veteran who earned the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation, Gallantry Cross, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.  After an honorable discharge, Jimmy went on to become a well-respected expert in all parts of the automobile business as a general manager at multiple dealerships, wholesale buyer, and owner of his own business over the years.

Jimmy loved his family and friends, the Yankees, saltwater fishing, hunting with hounds, Charlotte County Dixie Youth Baseball, Knock Down Hunt Club, the beach, the car business, and his church (not necessarily in that order). He had a kind and generous heart, supporting the Trucker’s Parade Against Cancer and many other charitable organizations.  He also gave his time and attention to youth athletics, rarely missing baseball games throughout the county, following Randolph-Henry High School around the state, and also attending tennis matches, softball games, and a few cross-country meets to support the kids.  He became a superfan of all of the colleges his adopted grandkids attended proudly wearing his James Madison University baseball cap on his last day buying cars at the Richmond Auto Auction the week before his death.

A funeral will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church, 6101 Scuffletown Road, Randolph, VA 23962 on Thursday, December 23rd at 2:00 pm with interment immediately following at Crystal Hill Church, 6172 Howard P. Anderson Road, Crystal Hill, VA 24539.  Visitors are welcome at all times at the home of Brenda Vassar of Charlotte Court House and at Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville from 10am – 5pm Wednesday, December 22nd.  Jimmy noted for those wishing to make charitable contributions to please consider Charlotte Court House Dixie Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 456, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923 or New Hope United Methodist Church, 7594 Scuffletown Road, Randolph, VA 23962.  Browning-Duffer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence Messages

  1. Christie Bailey

    22 December 2021 3 years ago

    So very sad to hear of Jimmy’s passing
    Such a wonderful kind friend since he worked
    with Dean in the 80’s. Never left without a kiss
    on the lips, hug and a precious look in the eye
    telling me he loved me❤️ Rest In Peace and I
    Love You

  2. Dana Wilmoth

    22 December 2021 3 years ago

    So sorry to hear this ,he will be .missed .RIP Jimmy Crews.

  3. Susan Rizzi Recine

    22 December 2021 3 years ago

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my cousin Jimmy.
    Since I was a little girl my admiration for him was undeniable. I will never forget my Grandfather and I picking him up at the bus station in N.Y. when he arrived home from Vietnam.
    I was so proud of him and that continued through my entire life.
    We communicated last month,since I live in New York we tried to stay in contact as much as we could. I will certainly miss him saying to me ,”How’s my favorite cousin” everytime he answered the phone.

    Our hearts are aching.
    He will be greatly missed!
    May he rest in peace.
    With love and sympathy,
    Susan Rizzi Recine ,Cousin Joan and family.

  4. Susan Rizzi Recine

    22 December 2021 3 years ago

    I am extremely saddened to hear about the passing of my cousin Jimmy.
    My fond memories of him will last forever.
    May he rest in peace .
    With love and sympathy,
    “Sugar” your favorite Yankee cousin from New York.

  5. Mark Anthony Fears

    24 December 2021 3 years ago


  6. Bill gurdin

    27 December 2021 3 years ago

    Great guy. Sad to hear. You will be missed by may car people..

    Bill Gurdin

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