Moody James "MJ" Firman
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Moody James "MJ" Firman, Jr., 93, passed away at home on April 16, 2020 surrounded by family. MJ was a born and bred Bull Islander and was a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49 for 71 years. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church and spent over 3 years serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, then went on to work for NASA Langley as a wind tunnel technician.

MJ is preceded in rest by his wife of 62 years, Frances Firman and daughter, Sheila Firman.

He is survived by his son, Clyde Firman (Tammy); grandchildren, Tory Firman (Jessica), Erin Firman (Samantha), Cody Reeves; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan, Layla, Jack, and Courtney; and numerous extended family members, friends, and neighbors.

We would like to the thank the staff at James River Convalescent and Rehab for their care. Online condolences to

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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 19, 2020.
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April 28, 2020
Hey there Little Bubba,

Sorry to hear the loss of your daddy. One of my oldest memories of him was there in the garage eating K-rations from a green tin can. Some of the food tasted OK and other stuff had a flavor that I will never forget. Where he pick those cans of food up from I will never know. WWII, Korea, or Vietnam war leftovers would be my best guess. He and your mama were a pair and I always enjoyed the humor that your mama could rib him with. He would never let it get to him and often had a clever come-back. He was a Bull Islander all the way down to his toes. Sorry that we could not see one another for his service. Time is getting away from all of us.


Kevin Barnes
April 23, 2020
My mother Phyllis Firth and myself would like to send our condolences to the family during this difficult time.
Alice Powell
April 21, 2020
May you find comfort, peace, and strength in your memories. With Deepest Sympathy, Elizabeth Dixon Holt
Elizabeth Dixon Holt
April 21, 2020
The Victory Family YMCA will never be the same without MJ. He would stay for hours each visit and never ran out of anything to say. He joked, he laughed and was a highlight for many members. I always enjoyed listening to his stories and we could have deep, serious discussions on a variety of topics.
He once told me there were two important things in his life: The first was his marriage certificate and he always told me how much he missed his wife. The second was his YMCA membership scan card because the friendships at the Y saved his life from depression after his wife passed away. Our YMCA staff and members will miss you MJ!

Michael Bennett, Victory Family YMCA executive director
Michael Bennett
April 20, 2020
Erin so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family
April 19, 2020
What a Godly and loving friend MJ was to amny of us at the YMCA!!
Janet Schutt
April 19, 2020
Dan Phillips
April 19, 2020
Worked with Moody at NASA in the 1970s. He always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to work with.
Chris Alexander
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