James Thomas Grapes, Sr.

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James Thomas Grapes, Sr.

June 28, 1949 - November 28, 2017

James T. Grapes Sr., 68, of Cumberland, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Martinsburg VA Hospital.
Born June 28, 1949, in Cumberland, Mr. Grapes was the son of the late Floyd Thomas Grapes and Ethel (Ketterman) Grapes. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Hamer and Phyllis Smith; and his brothers, James Floyd Grapes, Robert, William L., and Dewayne Sowers.
A United States Army Veteran having served with the 101st Airborne where he served five years, six months, and 28 days, Jimmy was a former employee of Shaffer Trucking. He was a former member of the Valley Road Church of the Nazarene and a life-member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #172. Jimmy enjoyed assembling model cars and painting statues. He was very creative and artistic. Jimmy was very giving and helped other through donations. He also helped by giving winter coats to children in need and helping those less fortunate. Jimmy loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.
Jimmy is survived by his children, George Davis, James T. Grapes Jr., Fredrick Grapes, Thomas J. Grapes, Robert Grapes and wife, Melissa, Shannon Grapes, Steven A. Grapes, and Jamie L. Grapes. He also leaves behind his sisters, Bonnie Judy, Linda Mumma, Sharon Grapes, Janet Mawhinney, and Rita Crites; his brothers, Charles Grapes, Robert Grapes, and Ronald Sowers; his special nephews, Antonio M. Smith and Christopher M. Brooks; and a special great niece, Daijha Smith; as well as 21 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, Md., (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with Denny Hockman officiating.
Interment will be in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #172 Color Guard.
Published on December 2, 2017
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