James E. Lucas was a man of great character, a loving and devoted husband, a terrific father, a good friend to many and a man that enjoyed a life well lived.
“The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his tasks; who leaves the world better than he found it; whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of the earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
Robert Louis Stevenson
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, James Edward Lucas passed away quietly at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia, surrounded by his loving family. James Lucas was born on November 13, 1938 in Fredericksburg, VA to the late Andrew Louis Lucas and Marian Ellis Lucas. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Earl Lucas and Ronald Lucas.
Jimmy, as he was known, completed his early education in the Fredericksburg Public Schools System; where he attended Walker Grant High School and was his Class President. While at Walker Grant, Jimmy excelled academically and was an outstanding athlete. He helped his High School win several State Championships in Football and Track and Field. He set records that are still in place today. He was also an accomplished basketball player. In 2017, James was inducted into the Wall of Fame for his old high school based on his accomplishments as an athlete and scholar. His plaque will forever hang in the Halls of James Monroe High School, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
After High School, Jimmy attended Norfolk State College. He was an exceptional athlete in college as well. James majored in Physical Education which spearheaded him on his path to becoming an educator for the City of Norfolk, where he taught at Booker T. Washington High School as a PE teacher and coach. He would later obtain his Master’s Degree in Education and become an Assistant Principal at Campostella Jr. High School, Lake Taylor Jr. High School and then back to Booker T. Washington High School.
After retiring from the School System James became the Director of Juvenile Services for the City of Norfolk where he worked until his retirement.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 33 years, Jeanne J. Lucas; 5 loving daughters Miriam Simmons(Duane), Lisa Lucas Boyd, Brittany Lucas, Naima Bell(Gregory) and Tynetta Edwards; 1 sister Paula Lucas; Grandchildren: Jonee’ Simmons, Mandella Simmons, Myles Boyd(Taylor), Vandelyn Simmons, Dashaun Edwards, JA’Monie Edwards, Elijah Custis, I’zaiah Custis, Wannton Robinson, Nalim James and Cedrick Hutchson; 2 great grandchildren: Hayden Simmons and Sani Simmons and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and friends.
Jimmy will be truly missed, but our memories, God’s Grace and Mercy and our Knowing that we will one day meet again will sustain us. Take your rest, Dear Beloved.
Graveside funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 26th, 11:30 pm @ Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Public viewing for Mr. Lucas will take place on Friday 5pm - 7pm at Fitchett Funeral Home, 1821 Liberty Street, Chesapeake
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