James McKinley Mize

October 3, 1947November 14, 2013
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James McKinley Mize, 66, passed away at home on Thursday, November 14, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Marion, VA and was a resident of Gloucester for 24 years.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Edith Mize. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Evelyn Mize; daughters, Tina L. Wise and husband, Joe, Teresa Benefield and husband, Tim; granddaughters, Leah and Sara Wise; sister, Becky Hill and husband, Wayne; and grandmother, Verna Schmidt.

James was retired after 42 years of service from Newport News Shipbuilding as an X32 supervisor. He was also a veteran of the army who served during the Vietnam War and received two purple hearts.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of James’ life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, November 21, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to Riverside Hospice of Gloucester.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, November 21, 2013

James McKinley Mize

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November 23, 2013

Lynn,Becky,and all the family.I'm so sorry to hear about James.We know where he is.It is so comforting to know that we'll see them again.ALL OF YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.May all of you have assurance that JAMES IS IN GOD's LOVING ARM'S.LOVE,BETTY WARD

Carolyn and Billy Pinckney

November 22, 2013

So sorry for your loss.... I know he will be greatly missed by family and friends. Praying for your comfort through God's grace.

David Lawrence

November 20, 2013

I worked with Mr. Mize on several occasions in my career at NNS. He was the consummate shipbuilder and most pleasant person to work with. Thank you Kenny for your service and sacrifice for our country in both military and building the finest ships in the world! God Bless the Family left behind!

Pam Windley

November 20, 2013

My thoughts are with you all. Kenney was a good neighbor and I know he and Gene enjoyed talking. He will be missed. Tyler and I are here for you if you need anything.

George Bowman

November 20, 2013

Many heartfelt prayers come your way during this dark time. Kenny was loved and respected in our group, and he was a true friend inside and outside the yard.

Lynn Ward

November 20, 2013

Dear Uncle Kenny, Although you are no longer here with us. I have such great memories of you, mainly as I was growing up. Such a fun and caring person. You will be missed dearly!

Jesse Hill

November 19, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of your loss

Eric Stevens

November 19, 2013

Teresa, Sorry for the lost that was dear to your heart, now your father is in a better place and may God bless you and your family..

Alfreda Fleetwood

November 19, 2013

Teresa, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Praying for you and your family. You will always have the loving memories close at heart, those are the things to remember as you attempt to go through this difficult time.

Kathy Martin-Adams

November 19, 2013

Kenny I have often thought of you over the years. Praying for Becky and your family. God bless each of you.