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James W. Hite

James Wilson “Jim” Hite, 70, of Dayton, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center following a courageous battle with cancer.
 
He was born in Augusta County on Oct. 3, 1942, and was a son of the late Daniel and Mamie (Cash) Hite. 
 
Jim was a welder at Virginia Transformers and retired in 2005. He was a member of Mount Bethel Church of the Brethren and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Bridgewater Rescue Squad and the Tactical team from 1992 to 1994. 
 
Surviving are two daughters, Melissia Droppa and husband, Dave, of Vancouver, Wash., and Devon “Dee” Hite and fiancé, J.W. Arey, of Dayton; one granddaughter, Mayla Johnson; and two brothers, Harrison Hite of Staunton and Oliver Hite of Roanoke.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. 
 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Johnson Funeral Service, P.O. Box 41, Bridgewater, VA 22812, to help with funeral expenses.
 
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

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