The Valdosta Daily Times
James Sirmans, 74, of Lakeland, GA passed away Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2013 at his residence after a lengthy illness, while surrounded by loved ones singing him into the presence of his Savior. After losing his beloved wife Mary (Faye) Moore Sirmans of 51 years, he was longing to be with her and Jesus. He was born July 24, 1938 in Clinch County, to the late James Ernest and Edna Lee (Tomlinson) Sirmans of Lanier County, Ga. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. By trade he was a master carpenter, until his health forced him to retire. He LOVED to fish, but God put a stronger desire in his heart to be a FISHER OF MEN, always quick to be a bold witness for Jesus. Many times he was misunderstood, but those that really knew him, knew he had a heart of gold, who would give the shirt off of his back without men’s applause. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone at any time; even more so, when the Lord started a new church. One thing is for sure he really loved his JESUS!
Survivors Include: Daughter & Son-in-law, Michelle & Lee Emanuel, Lakeland, GA; Daughter & Son-in-law, Janet & Jimmy Morrow, Murphy, NC.; Daughter & Son-in-law Heather & Jason Webrand, Lakeland, GA; Daughter & Son-in-law, Eric & Dionne Sirmans, Lakeland, GA; Son & Daughter-in-law , Lee & Tabitha Sirmans, Ludowici, GA; Spiritual Son & Daughte; Pastors John & Gabby Mejia, Lakeland, GA; Grandchildren: Derek & Matthew Emanuel Lakeland, GA., Keri Schwenn, Ray City, GA., Josh Morrow,& Jessica Foster, Murphy, NC., Hannah & Madison Webrand, Lakeland, GA., Erica, Zane, Shane, Haleigh, & Tanner Sirmans, Lakeland, GA., Caleb & Drew Courson, Maggie & Bekah Sirmans, Ludowici, GA., Deby & Emanuel Mejia, Lakeland, GA.; Great Grandchildren: Hunter & Zoe Foster, Murphy, NC., Rylee & Lily Schwenn, Ray City, GA., Bryson & Jeremiah Morrow, Murphy, NC; Sister Ernestine Hamilton, Valdosta, GA; Brother & Sister-in-law, Johnny & Martha Sirmans, Lakeland GA; Brother & Sister-in-law Chandler & Diane Sirmans, Lakeland GA; Brother-in-law, Albert & Sister-in-law Pat Studstill, Ray City, GA; Brother-in-law Dwight, & Sister-in-law Marion Moore, Warner Robins, GA; Brother-in-law Eldon, & Sister-in-law Mary Moore, Hahira, GA. He was preceded in death by one sister Geraldine (Gerry) Sirmans, Lakeland GA.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Southside Baptist Church with burial to follow at Burnt Church Cemetery in Lanier County, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com . Music Funeral Services of Lakeland, GA is serving the Sirmans family. Flowers are greatly appreciated or in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. — Music Funeral Services, Lakeland.