After a long and courageous battle with dementia, James Sweeney died at home on July 22, surrounded by family. He will be sorely missed and the world will seem a bit dimmer without him.
Born and raised in San Antonio Texas, Jim attended Stephen F Austen University in Nacgdoches, Texas, earning a degree in Forestry. Following a tour with the US Army, Jim was employed for 32 years by the US Forest Service, in various positions, largely in Arizona where for many years he was a District Ranger on the Coconino National Forest as well as an Incident Commander in ﬁre management throughout the country. His ﬁnal position was Regional Fire Management Trainer for the SE out of Atlanta, Ga.
Jim was a voracious reader and writer. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and travel. He was an active member of St Alban’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, Ga.
Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marian, by 4 children, James, Patrick, Kathleen and Tammy. He also leaves behind 7 stepchildren, of whom two, Lauren and Jonathan, were as close to him as his own children. Finally, he is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on August 10, 2019 at 11am at St Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St, Monroe, Ga 30655.
In lieu of ﬂowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Jim Sweeney Memorial Garden fund at St Alban’s Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.