James Papia, age 87, resident of Williston, Tennessee and husband of Barbara Morris Papia, departed for his heavenly home on Saturday morning, January 13, 2024 at his residence surrounded by his family.
Jimmy was born July 1, 1936 in Memphis, the son of the late James Vincent Papia, Sr. and Mary Drashman Papia. He served in the United States Army Reserve for six years. Jimmy lived in Memphis and graduated from Southside High School in 1954. He married the love of his life Barbara Morris on September 5, 1962 and they moved to Somerville in 1991. Jimmy served as a policeman for Memphis Police Department for twenty-six years. He was with the United States Marshall Service for fourteen years with four years as security for West Tennessee Federal Court. Jimmy worked part time for the Fayette County Sheriff Department for three years and was a graduate of the Federal Bureau Investigations National Academy
Jimmy enjoyed hunting turkey and deer and mentored many young men in hunting. He was a 32-degree Mason. Jimmy was a member of First Baptist Church in Somerville where he served as a Deacon. He was a loving husband, father, uncle and brother.
Mr. Papia is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Barbara Papia of Somerville, TN; two sons, James Vincent Papia III (Hannah) of Fort Perry, Ontario, Canada and Carl Papia of Somerville, TN; and his nephew, Britt Allen McIntosch of Walnut, MS.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second parents, Ware and Gussie Morris; his sister, Trudy Papia Roberts; and his niece, Pamela McIntosh.
Memorial Services for Mr. Papia were held at 2 P.M. Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville, Tennessee, with Bro. Stan Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Somerville, officiating.
The family requests that memorials be directed to donor’s choice.