James “Jim” Raymond Milton Jr.
Matthews, GA – James “Jim” Raymond Milton Jr., 74, loving husband of the late Susan Florence Milton, entered into his eternal rest Saturday afternoon, September 11, 2021 at Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Eaton officiating. Interment will follow in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. prior to the service.
Because of the family’s respect and concern for public health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, the family requests that social distancing and other safety precautions be followed. The wearing of face masks is strongly encouraged during any gathering.
Born to the late Frances Walker Milton and the late James Raymond Milton, Jim grew up in the Matthews-Keysville area. He attended and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1965, after which he attended Augusta College, earning his Bachelors degree in Economics in 1970. A voracious reader and a man who enjoyed learning, he later earned his Bachelors degree in Management from Brenau University in 1996. A patriot, he served in the Army Reserves—the 366 Chemical Company in Augusta—from 1966-1972. Jim worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector for Kendall Company in Augusta before joining GA-TN Mining Company in the Human Resources Department. He was an industrious worker and was the General Manager when it closed. He then worked for JEBCO before going into to farming full time. Being community and civic minded, he was Scout Master for Troop 202; Little League Baseball, soccer and football coach; President of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce from 1986-1988; President of Georgia Mining Association from 1983-1984; a member of Jefferson County Optimist Club; and a member of Jefferson County Planning and Development Commission. Jim served his Lord and Savior as a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. He did enjoy hunting, fishing and camping. Jim was a quiet, reserved, respectful, polite man of honor—a Southern gentleman; one who remained calm and steady in all situations; and a dependable, loyal friend.
Jim is also preceded in death by his brother, Larry Hildreth. Survivors include his two sons, James Milton (Staci) and David Milton (Jenny); two granddaughters, Grace Milton and Susan Milton; sister-in-law, Nell Hildreth; cousins, Ralph Jordan (Eve) and Darby Jordan; church family and friends. Pallbearers will be Lee Anderson, Jeb Barrow, Delmar Gunn, Ralph Jordan, Sam Pennington and Brian Whitaker.
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