In Memory


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04/22/10 01:25 AM #1    

Rich Akins

Jim was a great friend and fun guy to be around.  He introduced me to "Blues" music(which is my favorite today), helped me tear down a barn and kicked many an extra point on the gridiron.  He also invented streaking....

It's sad that he left this world so early. 

04/23/10 11:55 PM #2    

Judy Upson (Eaton)

I have to tag on to Rich's comments about Jim.  I remember going to his house one night (don't remember which year of high school it was) and he played this amazing music by an artist that I had never heard before -- Ray Charles!  Jim was such a special guy.  I wish I had stayed in touch with him and had the opportunity to know him better.  My loss.   

04/28/10 12:33 PM #3    

Wayne Smith

I remember Jim best as the first counter-culture guy in my young, sheltered life. He was smart and particularly street savvy. His music tastes as well as his other interests seemed off the grid at the time.


Jim was also an excellent photographer in high school. He had a creative flair and an eye for the off-kilter and unexpected perspective. I was flailing away with my little box camera, but had an interest in photography. Jim noticed since we were often at the same venues and we struck up a friendship around that common pursuit. Always generous with his time, and very helpful with equipment and insights. Just a good person.

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