Rosedale Funeral Home & Rosedale Cemetery

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James Custer

June 22, 1946July 16, 2020

James Michael Custer, 74, of Martinsburg, passed away at his home on July 16, 2020, surrounded by his family and under Hospice of the Panhandle care. He was born in Martinsburg on June 22, 1946, the son of Juanita Simpson Custer and Leo C. Custer. He graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1965, and served in the US Navy for 4 years. He was employed for 33 years at 3M in Middleway, and also 7 years at Orgill Company before his retirement. A family man at heart, he loved being with his children and grandchildren and meeting his new great granddaughter. He loved old cars, steam engines and animals, particularly dogs. Summertime was his favorite season, with weekends spent at the family cabin on the Potomac River. He was happiest piloting the boat and pulling all who wanted for waterskiing or tubing. He earned the title Captain Chesapeake. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Colleen Smallwood Custer, daughter, Whitney Neal and partner Paul Sencindiver, son Matthew B. Custer, granddaughter, Taylor B. Feiser, and husband Margason, grandson, Jansen B. Neal, and great granddaughter, Lydia M. Feiser. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra Kursey and husband Doug. A number of special nieces and nephews also survive him. Services will be private on Sunday, July 19, 2020, and no prior viewing is planned ahead. In lieu off flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Panhandle or The Berkeley County Humane Society.


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Janice Demory

July 20, 2020

Colleen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jimmy was one of a kind. He was always so soft spoken and kind. No matter where he would see me he always took the time to say hello, and ask how I was doing. Such a gentleman and I will never forget his kindness. My heart aches for you. I know everyone will have special memories of Jimmy that will last forever. He was one of the best, and will be missed by so many. So very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person.

Mary Gail Updike

July 20, 2020

I have to say that I always felt welcomed by a smile and a conversation. I have many fond memories of River fun and joy!
Prayers for ur family during this time. Xoxox

Shawn Parkinson

July 18, 2020

Momma Custer,
My deepest condolences, sympathy, and thoughts are with you and the family. He was a great man and a wonderful soul. The world is less without him. All my love is with you.

Mary Louise (Mason) Tinsman

July 18, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to you all. Remember all your memories and fun. Class of 1965 also.

Donalda (Keller) Waterhouse

July 18, 2020

Dear Colleen & family,

Just to let you know that my thoughts & prayers are with you & the family on the passing of Jimmy.

Please know that I truly care & pray that each of you will feel the peace of Christ.

So thankful to read that he got to see your great- granddaughter! What a blessing!

In Deepest Sympathy,
Donalda (Keller) Waterhouse❤️

Sylvia Nowlin

July 18, 2020

My first memory of Jimmy was as a teenager at War Memorial Park. I saw him at the swimming pool and thought he was the most handsome boy there. I was so happy to discover his personality out-shown his good looks! He was kind, funny and a real gentleman. And, how lucky that my best friend, Colleen Smallwood, was blessed to be his lifetime partner and wife. The two of them together would light up the room. Jimmy will remain a very bright spot in my heart and memories of earlier days. I can't stop smiling whenever I think of him. My sincerest sympathy to Colleen, Whitney, Matthew, and the entire family.

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