James Hull "Jim" Herbert, 95, died on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Shenandoah Valley Westminster- Canterbury in Winchester, VA.
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Jim was born July 21, 1918 in Columbia, SC, the son of Robert Beverley Herbert and Georgia Rucker Hull.
He spent many childhood summers at the family farm Woodside in Delaplane, VA (Fauquier County), and after attending Episcopal High School and graduating from Princeton University in 1940, he returned there to become a farmer.
In August 1941, Jim joined the US Army Field Artillery, then later volunteered for active duty in the Army Air Corps to become a fighter pilot first flying the P-38 Lightning before transitioning to his beloved P-51D Mustang Paper Doll later in the war. He served as a Flight Leader with the 77th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group, headquartered at Kings Cliffe, England. Jim flew 57 combat missions over Europe, including an historic bomber escort mission that returned through Russia.
Jim was honorably discharged in December 1944 at the rank of Major, having earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He remained an active pilot into his late 80s.
Jim married Elizabeth "Betty" Thomson in 1948 and brought her to Woodside where they raised five children while he operated a cattle farm and had several entrepreneurial adventures. Jim was also an inveterate hunter and famously recited long poems from memory. He was active with Emmanuel Episcopal Church and served on the boards of Marshall National Bank & Trust Co., Fauquier Hospital, and the Virginia State Fair.
After retirement, Jim and Betty enjoyed dividing their time between Delaplane, VA and Pawleyás Island, SC. Since 2006 they have enjoyed their new home and wonderful friends at Westminster-Canterbury. Nothing has defined their entire life together more than family, hospitality and generosity.
Jim is survived by his wife Betty; five children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Dr. John Cottrell, Maurertown, VA, Jim and Stewart Herbert, Middleburg, VA, Beverley and Kathleen Herbert, Brentwood TN, Bruce and Nancy Herbert, Seattle, WA, and Sarah Albritton and husband Andrew LaRowe, Winston-Salem, NC; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia H. Hart, and Mary H. Taylor and her husband Dr. Edmund Taylor; and 10 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased in 1977 by his brother, Robert Beverley Herbert, Jr.
Services celebrating Jim's life will be held on Thurs., Aug. 29, at 2pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane, VA, and a memorial service on Sat., Aug. 31, at 11am at the SVWC Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jim & Betty Herbert Family Fund at Piedmont Community Foundation (PO Box 402, Middleburg, VA 20118), The SVWC Fellowship Fund (300 Westminster- Canterbury Dr., Winchester, VA 22603), Emmanuel Church (POB 126, Delaplane, VA 20144).
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Aug. 28, 2013