James H. Erpelding
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James H. Erpelding
Norfolk - James "Erp" Henry Erpelding, 69, passed away on Feb. 10, 2012. He was born in Merrill, IA to the late Leona Lydia Mumm and Joseph Adolph Erpelding. James was a good friend to all, good neighbor and avid supporter of the Hope House.
He is survived by his three children and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 18, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Tidewater Drive Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.




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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Feb. 12, 2012.
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February 24, 2012
My deepest prayers of sympathy and strength to Jim's family, and to his other "family" at Hope House foundation thrift shop. I didn't know Jim well enough to even know his last name, but through our dozens of conversations over the years while perusing the thrift store for magical finds, I came to look forward to his gentle smile, and the sincerity of good conversation. He knew what I was looking for. Old guitars for me to use in my artwork. He would say, "hey guitar man" when he saw me, and promised he would keep an eye out for any that I might miss, given my stops at the shop were far less frequent than his. He knew I worked on the radio, and knew which one, though I never really understood if he was a Bob-FM listener. It didn't matter though, as it was just a part of our conversation. A conversation I had been missing. We had a running joke for perhaps the last year or so that he was at the shop EVERY TIME I walked in the door! I had noted the last two visits, he was not. Today, one of the gals at Hope House broke the news, knowing Jim and I shared a running joke. Now my heart is sad, though I know we'll be chatting again in the wink of an eye. God blessed us all with you Jim, and you tell those running Heaven House Thrift to give you all the donated guitars that come in. I'll get them from you later. Thanks for being my friend.
Eric Worden
February 17, 2012
We love you, Uncle James. Thanks for always sharing your bright smile and loving kindness. In your memory, we are making a donation to one of your favorite places...Hope House in Norfolk. Love, Paul, Marissa, Mirielle and Lela
Paul Erpelding
February 14, 2012
My condolences to Jim's family. Jim was a friend and family to many, he touched the lives of many, lives he probably didn't even realize. His presence at Hope House is and will always be missed. Rest in peace Jim.
Juliette Kemecsei
February 14, 2012
Jims daily presence at Hope House truly is and will always be missed. He touched many lives, lives that he probably didn't even realize. Rest in peace Jim.
Juliette Kemecsei
February 14, 2012
Though I saw my Uncle James only a few times in my life, memories remained. I remember his warm smile, Southern accent and easy laugh. It's true - so many others knew him far better, but my family and I cherished him, too.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Bryan, Darcy and Dancey. Uncle James will be missed and never replaced in our hearts.
Cathy Matson and family, Judy Erpelding and Mike Erpelding and Family
February 13, 2012
My condolences to Jim's family and friends. I've seen him befriend a lot of people at the Thrift Store over the years with his smile and easy-going charm. He will be missed dearly.
M. Walton
February 13, 2012
Dancey George
February 12, 2012
To My Loving Father...Dad I am going to miss you so much. You were always there for me when I needed you. I cant believe you are gone.. I feel so empty inside dad, I miss you so much, I will make sure that Coty and Conner always remember their Grandpa..always..I love you Dad with all my heart.
February 12, 2012
Words cannot express my grief Mr.Jim was just the best Friend
But mainly just a kind and generous person who would make anyone feel apart of the family.My sympathy goes out to the family and friends may his bright smile shine to keep his memory etched in our hearts forever.May God keep you in his Protective arms always.
DIANNE STEPHENSON
February 12, 2012
Mr. Jim, my buddy I will truly miss you if there was anything I could count on it was to see you almost daily and to know if I needed anyone to talk to you were there. My condolences go out to your family and friends and may you rest in peace, and do know you will truly be missed by many. Its going to be so hard going in to work tomorrow and days to come knowing you will not be coming to visit us. Thank you for being a friend, love you!
S. Porter
February 12, 2012
Mr. Jim was my friend that I enjoyed seeing at least twice a week at the Hope House. He would greet me at the book section and while I was looking at the books, he'd ask questions about my day and if I was seeing any good books to buy that day. We would continue to walk around the store during my lunch hour, chatting and looking at the cool things in the store. I was heartbroken the day I found out he passed because my friend was gone along with our weekly routine. My condolences go out to his family whom I know will miss him more than I can imagine.
Markita Van de Riet
February 12, 2012
Jim, was I super great person. And will always be remembered for sure by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He always had a smile and always knew just what to say. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of need.
Frances Ross
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