James Joseph Hayden

July 31, 1924July 14, 2018

James Joseph Hayden, 93, of Harrisonburg passed away July 14, 2018 at his home.

He was the son of the late Frank S. Hayden and Lillian K. Hayden and was born in Rockingham County on July 31, 1924.

James was a WWII veteran who served in Italy. Locally, he belonged to Rion Bowman VFW. He was employed by Fairmont Foods and retired from Shenandoah Pride.

He married Crystal H. Cumbie on April 21, 1944, who survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Anna H. Steele of Harrisonburg; two granddaughters, Wendi J. Steele of Richmond and Traci H. Steele of Bisbee, AZ.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the compassionate caregivers of the last year and a half as well as First Choice Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to Open Doors, P.O. Box 1804, Harrisonburg, VA 22803 or visiting their website

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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Captain Leonard R Shifflette USMC (Ret)

August 12, 2018

Even though I didn't really know Joe but I surely knew his spouse Crystal!
Crystal was one of our branch mangers at Rockingham National Bank, prior to all the mergers, when I was a Vice President responsible for the Retail side of the bank.

Crystal and my spouse Darlene were the dearest of friends and had lunch very often somewhere in our city. Kept in touch until Darlene passed away 20 June 2012 due to cancer.

Somehow I missed his death, as I was very ill at the time and later hospitalize. It has taken many weeks for me to recover from this situation.

Captain Leonard R. Shifflette USMC (Ret)

Ron Hiserman

July 20, 2018

Many memories of South High St-my grandmother Homan lived beside the Hayden's many years ago. I am sending my sincerest sympathy to Crystal , Anna Joe and family. God Bless you.