James Reed Leftwich James Reed Leftwich, 78, of Culpeper, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, unexpectedly. He was born on May 8, 1935, near Salem, Virginia. Jim was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church and was a retired electrical engineer from Atlantic Research Corp. He was a graduate from Polytechnic School in Baltimore, Maryland, and Tri State University in Angola, Indiana, where he was a member of Beta Phi Theta fraternity. Jim was a veteran of the Air Force and served during the Korean War. After a successful engineering career, he took up one of his other passions and founded Culpeper Auction Associates in 1989, now known as JLR Auctions. Along with his wife, Mary Lou and sons, Ron and Bob, they embarked in other business ventures including Pet World, Ace Books and The Bike Stop. Jim's other passions were fishing, working outdoors, gardening and taking on personal projects. Some of his noted accomplishments while working for P.R. Mallory were the co-inventor of the Duracell battery and development of the electronic automobile ignition system, among other inventions and patents. Jim's passion for life and work was unequalled and dedication to family and friends unparalleled. He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Mary Lou Leftwich; his sons, Ron Leftwich and his wife, Cecilia, and Bob Leftwich and his wife, Rebecca; grandchildren, Bert Leftwich, and Sarah and Allen Thomas Peck; brothers, Walt Leftwich and his wife, Carol, of Freeland, Maryland, Tom Leftwich and his wife, Fran, of Rosamond, California; and a host of nieces, nephews and aunts. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Kelly; brother, Bob Leftwich and sister, Judy Nuzzo. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11 am at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel with Pastor Stan Mulford officiating. Interment will follow in Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lignum, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hopewell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 87, Lignum, VA 22726. An online guest book and tribute wall are available at www.foundandsons.com
This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.