James Malcolm Holthoff

Published 4:09 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017

CARROLLTON — James Malcolm Holthoff died peacefully at his home in Carrollton on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the age of 64. 

Jimmy is survived by his wife Cynthia; three daughters; Leslie Martin (Michael), Allison Holthoff and Meghan Cyplik (Scott) and four grandchildren, all of Suffolk. He also has three surviving sisters, Connie Rhodes (John), Tina Pack (Ron) and Donna Lowery (Gene) and his brother John Holthoff (Sharon). He also leaves many nieces and nephews. 

Jimmy was born on June 4, 1953 in Norfolk to the late William Francis and Helen Whitehurst Holthoff. He graduated from Western Branch High School in 1972. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, in 1973. They built their first home together in Chesapeake in 1976 and resided there until they moved to Carrollton in 1988. Over the years they had three beautiful daughters. 

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In 1983, after the birth of their third daughter, Jimmy started Hampton Roads Contracting where he operated as the president until his retirement in May 2017. Jimmy was a talented carpenter and could build or fix anything. He loved to build things for his family and made rocking horses, high chairs, step stools and chairs, and built a home filled with unique woodwork both designed and built with his own hands. 

Jimmy and his team “Size Matters” won many raft races and held the title “Queens of the Creek” and “Kings of the Creek” many times in a raft designed by him. He was an avid boater, raft racer, fisherman, dancer, boat builder, storyteller and loved spending time with his friends and family. He was the Admiral of Club Holthoff, and the best and well-known patron of “The JYM”. 

An outdoor memorial service and celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 3 p.m. at his home located at 12210 Bay Harbor Lane Carrollton. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim’s life.  Attendees to the service are encouraged to wear casual, comfortable clothing.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) 8588 Potter Park Dr. Suite 500 Sarasota, FL 34238, in honor of his daughter, Allison. Donations can be made at: www.pwsausa.org 
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.