In Memoriam

James Arthur Baber

James Arthur Baber


James Arthur Baber Jr. obituary, 1946-2023, Richmond, VA


BABER, James Arthur Jr., born October 10, 1946, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2023 in Richmond, Virginia. Son of James A. and Marie K. Baber. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Brenda Lewis Baber; and his sisters, Gladys Berlin and Elsie Baber. Survived by his wife of 18 years, Liezel Gila Baber; nieces, Elizabeth Walker and Catherine Saydlowski; and nephew, Daniel Berlin III. Jim served his country in the United States Army. He worked in the grocery business for 20 years, at Farm Fresh and Siegels as a store manager. He attended VCU and earned a B.A. in Political Science, and later a Certificate in Information Systems and an M.B.A. He retired from Dominion Electric where he worked as a computer systems analyst for 25 years.

Jim enjoyed playing senior league basketball and volleyball. He loved to travel and took more than 70 cruises to the Caribbean, Iceland, Greenland, Tahiti, Hawaii, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jun. 11, 2023.


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06/21/23 07:28 AM #1    

Wayne Satterwhite

I remember Jim well. While we were not close high school buddies, we always spoke and recogized one another while passing in the halls. May have had one or two classes with him. I remember him being kind of quiet.

Kudos to him on his education accomplishments, and his drive and success in his chosen professions. His family must have been proud of him.

Well done, and may he rest in peace.


Wayne A. Satterwhite, class of "64

06/22/23 02:35 AM #2    

Donald Meyers

Thanks Wayne.
Nice of you, and nicely said.

06/22/23 11:08 PM #3    

Janet Kathryn Whitlock (Rodgers-Lee)

Jim and I crossed paths at VCU night school where we took several computer classes together.  Computer time was limited to the terminals at the school and the HORRIBLE key punch machines.  Since neither of us had any available day time, we ended being there late at night.  After finding out that we were in the same high school class and neither of us remembered the other, we became friends and project partners.  During one late night wait spell, I asked him why he had returned to school in his thirties.  "My wife made me."  "Why?"  "I was a grocery store manager.  One night I was robbed at gun point.  I gave him all the money, but he shot me anway.  The bullet came within an inch of my heart."

Jim was a good man, kind, patient, and dependable. I'm glad that we had a second chance at being friends.



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