James Earl Fifer Jr.


In Loving

James Earl Fifer Jr.

September 13, 1953 – March 22, 2022

Fifer, James Earl Jr. of Louisa, VA, a beloved husband, father, gaga, uncle, and friend to so many has passed away March 22, 2022 at the age of 68, with his family by his side. 

James had a strong sense of pride, his positive attitude, integrity and a strong work ethic aided him in founding J.E. Fifer Sheet Metal Fabricators Inc. in 1989. 

He mentored his workplace with determination, quality craftsmanship and love. These values guided him and have been an important influence on his business and the people who knew him. 

His company’s success can be attributed to James, his family and his employees, whom he loved. 

As all his family and friends know, James lived his life to the fullest, greeting each day with energy, determination, and humor. When he wasn’t working, James enjoyed interacting with his dogs and competing in numerous dog trials, where he made lifelong friendships and memories. He was immensely proud of his family, particularly his grandchildren. He gave generously of his time and resources, and would go to any length for his family and friends. 

James is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy Hanchey Fifer; his son and daughter-in-law, Jason Thomas Fifer and Chrissy; his grandchildren, Logan Thomas, Taylor Makenzie, Jacob Scott and Cody James; his sister-in-law, Linda (Monty) Hanchey Cole; and his nephews, Michael Cole and daughter Katelynn, Wayne Cole (Jill) and children Grace and Landon Cole.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Scott Fifer, and his parents, James E. and Marie Carmella Fifer.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the staff at Fresenius Kidney Care of Goochland, as well as Commonwealth Senior Living Facility of Richmond.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 from 4 to 8pm at Bandit’s Ridge, located at 5061 Broad Street Rd. Louisa, VA 23093. Casual attire please, he would not want it any other way.

Online guestbook at lacyfh.com



  1. Betty Rae & Gerald Hiter March 31, 2022 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear about James’ death. We are praying for you all. He was a good person and will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathies

  2. Cricket April 4, 2022 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, I loved him like a brother; we send love to your family.

  3. Beverly G Lee April 5, 2022 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Mom and I send our love and prayers to all of the family. We send our love and condolences.

  4. Nancy Francis April 6, 2022 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I will always remember him being funny, kind and a good friend to my brother when I was growing up.. RIP sweet James..

  5. Richard L Pillow April 6, 2022 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    So sad to hear about Jimmy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family. I first met Jim in 82 at Arrow Machine when he and Cricket came from Reynolds. We had a lotta fun and remained friends from then on. May the Lord shine his Grace on you and yours.

    We will meet again brother,
    R. Pillow

  6. Paul Dillard April 7, 2022 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I am very sorry to hear about Jimmy. I know he was in a fierce battle with Father Time for a long time. Jimmy was a Titan in business. Business that was built on the highest quality and integrity. I always enjoyed calling on Fifer Sheet Metal. It was a privilege I will always cherish. I remember telling Jimmy about the birth of my first child. He quickly reached for his wallet to give me some money. What an incredible gesture. He was so loud, boisterous, kind, generous, loving. He was awesome. I’m sorry I can’t make the celebration. I send this with all the love, and respect I can muster.

  7. Jeff & Bridgette Swepston April 8, 2022 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Bridgette and I are sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a good man with a huge heart who genuinely cared about his family, his employees, his friends and his customers. He did so much for so many and was always good for a laugh. We offer our sincere condolences to Judy, Jason and his family and pray for God’s comfort for them all.

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