James H. Herbert, Va. farmer and businessman, dies at 95

August 30, 2013

James H. Herbert, a longtime cattle farmer in Fauquier County, died Aug. 24 at a retirement community in Winchester, Va. He was 95.

The cause was a cardiopulmonary ailment, said his son Bev Herbert.

Mr. Herbert farmed a large property near Delaplane, called Woodside, from the 1940s through the 1970s. He ran part of his cattle operation from the Glen Welby estate when it belonged to the late Washington Post publisher Philip L. Graham. After his farming career, Mr. Herbert worked in industrial sales and franchising.

James Hull Herbert was born in Columbia, S.C. During his youth, he spent many summers at Woodside, then run by his cousins. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria in 1936 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University in 1940.

Mr. Herbert joined the Army field artillery in 1941 and later served in the Army Air Forces as a fighter pilot. He was a flight leader in the European theater during World War II and received decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and several awards of the Air Medal.

After the war, Mr. Herbert served for about a decade in what became the Air Force Reserve. He held a commercial pilot’s license and continued flying into his late 80s.

He belonged to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane and served on the boards of Marshall National Bank and Trust, Fauquier Hospital and the State Fair of Virginia, his son said.

In retirement, Mr. Herbert lived in Delaplane and Pawleys Island, S.C. He moved to Winchester in 2006.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Thomson Herbert of Winchester; five children, Elizabeth Cottrell of Maurertown, Va., Jim Herbert Jr. of Middleburg, Bev Herbert of Brentwood, Tenn., Bruce Herbert of Seattle and Sarah Albritton of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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