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Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by love and in the arms of his daughter in the early morning hours of August 28, 2022. He fought the good fight, but dementia ultimately won, and he went to be with this loving savior, Jesus Christ. He was a generous, caring man who fiercely but quietly loved his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Shirley Bramlett who passed too soon in 1994; and also by his second wife, Wilma (Maggie) Lundstrom, whom he traveled the world with. He was the loving caregiver to both as they struggled with cancer and COPD respectively. That was his way, take care of those you love. He will be greatly missed by his children, Tonya Ward (Greg) of San Jose and Stephen Todd Strickland (Hitomi) of Osaka Japan. His grandchildren: Jessica Jones, Ryan Ward, and Amanda Legare (James), as well as his great-grandchildren who were with him daily over the last 3 years of his life, Brianna and Shea Paulsen. He is also survived by Wilma’s children and grandchildren whom he also loved dearly; As well as two sisters, Brenda Lawrence of New York and Judy Whitis (Brad) of Florida and sister-in-law Carolyn Compton (Bob) of Georgia.
Raised in a poor rural town in Florida, Jim earned a scholarship to Georgia Tech where he scraped by living at the YMCA and eating mustard sandwiches from time to time to make ends meet. His first job after graduating was for IBM and he worked there for his entire 44-year career, ultimately earning the title of “Distinguished Engineer” before his retirement in 2007.
Services will be held in Conyers Georgia where his ashes will be interred next to Shirley’s. In lieu of any donations please consider following in his footsteps and offering help to someone in need in whatever way you think best.