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Family, Friends Remember Jeff Brummitt

Vienna native died in November; memorial service planned for next weekend

The first thing people remembered about Jeffrey Allen Brummitt was his quick wit--a "warm, wry, imaginative, insightful, articulate humor" that kept his friends and family laughing; he could imitate any person with any accent, but his humor was never mean-spirited, they said.

Brummitt's humor is one of the things friends and family have missed often since the 57-year-old Vienna native died Nov. 22 at his home in Front Royal, Va. A Jan. 14 memorial gathering in Front Royal is being planned in his honor.

Brummitt, known as Jeff, was born in Rocky Mount, NC, on July 4, 1954, but he was raised in Vienna, attending several local schools before graduating from James Madison High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in theater from Catawba College, in Salisbury, N.C., before working as a flight attendant for United Airlines, a job that would move him across the country, from Linden, Va. to Chicago and Hawaii.

Jeff enjoyed working with his hands, his familiy says, always having a remarkable ability to build or repair practically anything. He was an avid motorcyclist, kayaker, hunter and golfer, and also enjoyed music. He often stood out on the dance floor with his "flair for dancing," friends say.

He adored his faithful dogs, companions who often accompanied him as he enjoyed nature, especially the beach, the snow, the mountains and any body of water.

Jeff is survived by his brother, John Brummitt, of Dallas, the other half of the inseparable “Brummitt Boys," his older sister, Suzanne Brummitt, of New Jersey; and his niece, Andrea Brummitt Duggan, of New York. He was predeceased by his mother, Charlotte Whayland Brummitt, of Vienna, VA, and his father, Donald Arthur Brummitt, last of Charles Town, WV. Though divorced, Brummitt had been married to Peggy Oremland for six years.

Those who wish to make a contribution in Brummit's memory should make it to the charity of their choice.

If you would like to attend or contribute memories to the service, please send the family an e-mail at brummittfamily@comcast.net.

Suzanne Brummitt provided information for this story.

Kevin G. January 04, 2012 at 12:08 PM
What is the back story to this? Did he die from war wounds or was he noted for something out of the ordinary? Wondering what the interest is about.
ViAnna January 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Wow,Wally! I believe this is what is called a death notice. It's meant to inform those who may have known the person that there will be a memorial service. As scintillating as your own obituary may or not be someday,Wally, to those who knew him, his passing is of significant interest and the information provided appreciated.
Kevin G. January 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
OK, but what about the 26 other folks in Vienna that died in December? Just wondered what the significance was that made it newsworthy. Certainly not ever death warrant a headline. Just wanted to know his background.
Margaret January 04, 2012 at 07:10 PM
A lot of people knew him and cared. His sister provided the story which is what my sisters and I did when my brother died.
Kevin G. January 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Thanks Margaret. Finally an answer. Well known citizen.

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