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James D. Eagle

James D. Eagle, a Peninsula resident for 47 years, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 after a long battle with COPD. He was born to Walter Eli and Minnie Morgan Eagle in Salisbury, N.C in 1934. He graduated from Boyden High School, class of ’52, and from Duke University in 1955 with a BA in English. He then attended USAF aviation cadet training and received his commission and wings in December of 1956. During his 20 years in the AF, Jim flew C-47s and C-130s and visited over 43 foreign nations, including a tour in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Lt. Col. After retiring from the Air Force, Jim earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. In a second gratifying 20-year career at Christopher Newport University, he served as Budget Director, Director of Sponsored Research, and Financial Vice President. A painter, pilot, and poet who once considered a life in the clergy, Jim was both a gentleman and a gentle man who remained deeply, but quietly, faithful his entire life. His intellect, ethics and patriotism were unmatched.
He loved without judgment and without reservation, unconditionally, all of his family and all of mankind, but was most enamored by his wife, Doris, whom he met at the lake when he was a 20-year-old lifeguard. Jim found great satisfaction in tutoring young readers through the Kiwanis program at Poquoson Elementary School. He enjoyed sailing “Aquila” on the Chesapeake Bay for many years and treasured time spent on Sanibel Island with Doris. Jim was a member of Peninsula MOAA, Daedalians, York County Master Gardeners, and Poquoson Kiwanis. Jim was a lover of beauty in all its forms including all kinds of music, art, literature, and poetry (though he objected to the long epic). His most recent pleasure and demonstration of writing skills was a blog about his current observations on life. A careful listener, he reminded us to do the same.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed forever. He wanted us to tell you: It’s been a good ride. See you on the other side. Survivors include his sweetheart of 62 years, 3 children and their spouses, and 8 grandchildren: David and wife Wiebke (Ethan, Grace, Lukas and Eli); Beth and Jeff (Joey and his wife Korynne and Katie); John Christopher and Jeannie (Jamie and her husband Dale, and Jordan).
Service with military honors will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 4, 2018 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, followed by a reception at the church. In his memory, donations may be made to the York County Church Women’s United Food Closet 300 Ella Taylor Road, Yorktown. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.

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