James “Jim” Richard Albritton was born on July 26, 1957 in Americus, GA. and died on Friday, November 11, 2022, at his home in Waterloo at the age of sixty-five.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. in Northside Baptist Church in Tifton with Rev. Stacy Phillips, Dr. Jeff Pangle, and Rev. Aaron Frasier officiating. The body will lie in state before the service. A private interment will follow at Waterloo Baptist Church Cemetery in Irwin County with Craig Webster and Stacy Burnette delivering eulogies. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Northside Baptist Church from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Bryan, Rob Bryan, Randy Bryan, Kyle Phelps, Josh Irvin, Dylan Albritton, Morgan Albritton and Danny Phelps.
Honorary pallbearers will be the past and present staff of Albritton Funeral Directors along with their families, Jeff Crosby family and employees, Rick Berry Sunday School class, Hospice of Tift Area staff and board members, friends of Mercer University and Funeral industry representatives.
Jim was the eldest child of the marriage between the late Betty Clark Albritton and the late Richard Albritton. Jim was raised to be a southern gentleman in Montezuma, GA, where he graduated from Macon County High School in 1975. Along with his parents, he was also preceded by his brother David A. Albritton. After high school, he attended Mercer University where he received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1979, and he was a brother of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. After college, Jim arrived in Tifton where he met and married Karen Bryan on April 28, 1985. To fulfill his desire to become a licensed funeral director, the couple moved north, where he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and he graduated Cum Laude. After graduation the couple moved back to Tifton. In 1988, Jim fulfilled his spiritual calling to open his own funeral home. He devoted every day possible to bringing comfort to grieving families he served. When Jim was not working in his business, he enjoyed reading, fishing and watching movies about World War I & II. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church where in previous years he had served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon. He was currently on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Tift Area, and had served as the past president from the years of 2007-2009.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two loving daughters, Madeline Albritton of Jacksonville, FL and Millicent “Millie” Albritton of Macon, his two brothers and sister-in-law Scott and Cyndi Albritton of Ellaville and John Albritton of Fort Valley, Karen’s two brothers and sisters-in-law Randy and Barbara Bryan and Rob and Angie Bryan all of the Waterloo community, along with several nieces and nephews.
The family sends a special thanks to Jennifer May Plair, who was a wonderful friend and sitter, during his illness.
Donations may be made in his memory to Northside Baptist Church, 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton, GA 31794, Hospice of Tift Area, 618 North Central Avenue, Tifton, GA 31794, Waterloo Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 124 Waterloo Baptist Church Lane, Chula, GA 31733 or flowers will be accepted.
Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.