On Sunday, March 20, 2016, our friend and colleague Jim Sipe passed away. Jim has been an inspiration for us all as he courageously battled cancer for many months. His strength had been evident in his enthusiasm to continue to serve his clients and care for those closest to him.
Jim joined our firm in March of 1989 when he earned his Virginia real estate license. He quickly became one of the most respected real estate professionals in the Shenandoah Valley for both his outstanding service to his clients and his award-winning production. Throughout his career he was recognized by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association as a top real estate broker in the area. Jim worked in many facets of real estate including residential brokerage, commercial brokerage and property management. He was a resource of real estate knowledge for many within our firm and throughout the community.
His involvement in the community benefited many organizations and boards including James Madison University Duke Club, Greater Madison Foundation, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg Lions Club, Harrisonburg Elks Lodge, City of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg Downtown Revitalization, Valley Aids Network, Hunter-McGuire School, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors. Jim took leadership positions in each of these organizations to better our community.
Jim graduated Cum Laude from the University of Richmond where he was President of the Student Government, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees and recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Medallion. He was also an intern in the United States Congress and Senate of the Virginia General Assembly. He received a law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond.
Jim will be greatly missed by everyone at Funkhouser Real Estate Group and those he served throughout the community. He leaves a legacy in real estate that exemplifies professionalism.