James Lorin Beverly, 81, Dies

Funeral services were be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 31, at Hightower’s Memorial Chapel in Douglasville with Reverend Charles Sims officiating.

James Lorin Beverly
James Lorin Beverly
James Lorin Beverly, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior Dec. 28. Jim was born in Giles, Texas Aug. 14, 1932. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Vernon C. and Grace Shelton Beverly; brother, Loyd C. Beverly; and sister, Marue Beverly.

Jim loved his family very much, and also his special kitty, Princess. Jim was in military service serving in Korea. He was employed by railroads as a telegrapher—then went to Oklahoma State Tech and trained for a career in the newspaper industry. He worked for the Rocket Miner Newspaper in Rock Springs, Wyoming—then worked for the Atlanta Journal for 25+ years. He retired in June 1996.

Jim loved his Lord and Savior. He became a Christian at seven years of age. He worked at the Fulton County Jail for 10 years as a Chaplain. Jim then volunteered in the Media Ministry Department for Mount Paran Church of God for 14 years. In January 2007 he retired because of multiple health issues. Jim immediately found another love—the Woodie Fite Senior Center where he met and made many friends.

While serving at Mount Paran, Jim met Bruce McLean, a Mount Paran Missionary who was serving as Y.W.A.M. Director in Seamill, Scotland. Jim became Bruce’s spiritual father. Bruce went to Manali, India where he met and married a Y.W.A.M. Missionary nurse, Claudia—they now have a son, Daniel.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Tommie Nelson Beverly; step-daughter, Linda Leigh Spivey and husband, Michael; two step-grandchildren, Matt Spivey and his wife, Tammy and Melissa Spivey; two step-great grandchildren, Jessica and Hudson Holmes; sister, Dorothy Bittick; nephew, Vernon Bittick; and, sister-in-law, Coe Beverly.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 31, at Hightower’s Memorial Chapel in Douglasville with Reverend Charles Sims officiating.

Interment followed in the Mozley Memorial Gardens in Lithia Springs with Morris Herron, Michael Spivey, Ray Black, Don Morris, and Jeff Dobbs serving as Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, you may contribute to Bruce McLean’s End of the Earth Ministries, 226 Laurel Lane, La Grange, Georgia 30241-1923.

Jim had many skilled medical doctors and nurses who took care of him at Wellstar Cobb Hospital and Wellstar Community Hospice at Tranquility: Dr. Hariharan, Dr. Siddiq, Dr. Patil, and Dr. McGaffigan; his sitter, Angela Thomas—thank you all for the tender care you provided for Jim.

You may share your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.hightowersmemorial.com.

Arrangements are entrusted with Hightower’s Memorial Chapel and Cremation Service of Douglasville. 770-489-2818.


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