James Porter O'Briant III
James Porter O’Briant III , 79, of Windsor, VA passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was the son of the late James Porter O’Briant, Jr. and Lorraine Whitworth O’Briant of Newport News, VA He was also preceded in death by his sister, Martha O’Briant Maurer. Jim was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and friend to many. Jim dedicated his life to Service. Service to God, his family, his Church and the local community.
He was a Master Mason for 54 Years: Past Worshipful Master and Secretary of Purdie Lodge #170, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Masonic Home Ambassador, long time member of Grand Lodge Committee on Youth. He was a member of Mt. Nebo #20 Royal Arch Chapter, Portsmouth Commandery #5 Knights Templar, Valley of Portsmouth 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Khedive Temple Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Smithfield Chapter #127 Order of Easter Star and Smithfield Assembly #5 International Order of Rainbow for Girls Advisory Board.
Jim was a life long Boy Scout of 68 years, earning his rank of Eagle Scout in 1958. He served Troop 41 of Windsor for 57 years in a variety of roles including Scout Master, Chaplin, and Committee Member. He was awarded with the Explorer Silver Award, Wood Badge, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, God and Country Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He served at the district level as Assistant District Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, District Committee Chaplain and District Leader Training Team.
Jim served his local community: Windsor Town Council, Windsor Planning Commission, Isle of Wight County Planning Commission, Isle of Wight Museum Foundation Board, Isle of Wight Academy Foundation Advisory Board, Windsor volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Jones O’Briant, daughters, Carol Blanton, Amy Remington and Becky O’Briant, grandchildren, Justin Campbell, Brittany (Michael) Powell and Ethan Remington, and great grandchild, Lizzy Powell.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7 2021, 6-8 p.m. at R.W. Baker Funeral Home, Suffolk, VA. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Windsor Congregational Christian Church with burial to follow at Windsor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, Windsor Congregational Christian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.
R. W. Baker Funeral Home
509 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
Windsor Christian Church
4 N. Court St
Windsor, VA 23487