James Lawrence Pleasants

June 29, 1941 - January 25, 2017
James Lawrence Pleasants

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Lieutenant Colonel James L. Pleasants, retired, left this world too soon on January 25, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia at the age of 75.

James is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria, daughter Julie Pleasants Rodriguez, son-in-law Frank Rodriguez, granddaughter Lauren, daughter Lisa Pleasants Stephenson and son-in-law Clint Stephenson. He was met in heaven by his son James L. Pleasants II, who preceded him in death.

James was born in Franklin County, Louisburg, North Carolina. He graduated from Gold Sands High School, East Carolina University and received his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War and served 27 years in the Army Medical Service Corps retiring in 1989 with an honorable discharge.

A funeral mass is scheduled at St. Bede’s Catholic Church (3686 Ironbound Road) in Williamsburg on February 4, 2017 at 1PM with a reception to follow at Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Virginia. All are welcome to attend and remember and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Combat Warriors Inc. (www.combatwarriorsinc.com).  Online condolences may be shared at bucktroutfuneralhome.net


Saturday, February 4, 2017
1:00 PM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • February 02, 2017
    Marsha Bradley says:
    Julie and Lisa, I am sorry for the loss of your father. Gloria, I am sorry for the loss of your husband. You are a group of loving, brilliant women. God will watch over you and you watch over each other. Your love for each other will carry you through this difficult time. My love to all.

  • February 04, 2017
    Carl Brown says:
    Sad to hear of the passing of a brother MSC. May God give comfort during this difficult time.

  • February 04, 2017
    Maureen and John Pelosi says:
    Dear Gloria, our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Praying that God will guide you during this difficult time of sorrow. Although we haven't seen you in many years we have been in touch for 42 years and we love you both. Maureen and John

  • February 03, 2017
    Lyman and Debbi Hall says:
    Our love and sympathy goes to the Pleasants family. We can just picture Jim up in heaven, with all the others who have gone before- sharing a travel memory with a good glass of wine.

  • February 02, 2017
    Weldon E. Jones Jr. and Phyllis Pleasants Jones says:
    Dear Gloria, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children and grandchildren. What an honor for our family to have Jimmy as a cousin and friend. We are both so proud of his loving relationship with you and his family as well as his heroic service to our country. We know that no person except you can possibly know the sacrifice he made for America and the toll it left. Psalms 119:50 states: "My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life." Take care and go forward with our condolences. J.R. and Phyllis