James F. “Butch” Whitby III, 44, of Henrico, passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a month-long battle with Covid Pneumonia.
Butch was born on December 6, 1977 to parents James “Jim” Whitby Jr., and Linda (Price) Whitby. He graduated from Hermitage High School in 1996 with honors in the Carpentry Tech program at Highland Springs High School. While he loved construction and manual labor, he moved towards the field of Information Technology where he has thrived for the last several years. He married his wife, Valerie (Williams) Whitby in October of 1999 and they share three children together. He is also father to his oldest son from a previous relationship. Although he and his wife separated in 2017, they remained close and developed a strong friendship over the last five years. Butch loved both listening to and playing music, especially if he could do so with his friends. He and a few of his friends have formed various bands over the years and they played at a few local venues. He taught himself to play several instruments by ear. He has passed his love of music to his children and continued to play his guitar on occasion. Butch was a loving brother, husband, father, and friend. He would do anything to help a person in need no matter the person or the task. He had the ability to see the best in people, even if they could not, and he always gave the best hugs. Butch will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Butch is survived by his wife, Valerie Whitby; daughter, Rhiannon Whitby; sons, Braydan Whitby, Adrian Whitby, and Liam Crim-Whitby; father, James “Jim” Whitby Jr.; mother, Linda (Whitby) Madison; brother, Jimmy James Sr.; sister, Shelley Parmele-Lawrence; nephew, Christopher Parmele, as well as additional family members, multiple friends, and many co-workers that he held in high regards. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, James Whitby Sr.; aunts, Bernice Ody and Dorothy Carter; grandmother, Eldora Rezac; former brother in Law, Robert Parmele Sr.; and nephews, Jimmy “Jay” James Jr., David James, and Robert “Bobby” Parmele Jr.
A celebration of life memorial will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. Lunch to follow at Q Barbecue, 1070 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059 from 1:00pm until 2:30pm.