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Date published: 4/11/2013

James E. Hatfield

James Edward Hatfield, 81, of Stafford County passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, after a long illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merlin and Evelyn Landcastle Hatfield; and a brother, Donald Hatfield.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Clara Limbrunner Hatfield; sons David Hatfield (Claire) of Middletown, Conn., Steven Hatfield (Anna Sue) of Baltimore, John Hatfield (partner Barbara Caplan) of Millersville, Md., Roger Hatfield (Mya) of Stafford and Roy Hatfield (Romona) of Curtis Point, Md.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include two brothers, George (F. Janice) and Richard (Mary Sue) Hatfield, both in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Jim was an avid amateur radio operator for 43 years. He started when serving in the U.S. Army in 1952. He was a former resident of Ocala, Fla., where he served as treasurer of the Friendship Amateur Radio Club for many years. He also helped the Sheriff's Department at a relay station during several hurricanes. He was a member of the Sunrise Radio Group, a group of radio operators from all over the eastern seaboard who meet to talk and work together every morning and also spoke with fellow operators around the world.

Prior to that, he resided in Glen Burnie, Md., where he was very active with the Boy Scouts and the Suburbia flag football teams. He had been an employee of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md., for 30 years.

Services will be private.

Online condolences may be sent to mullinsthompson stafford.com.