James Walter (Jimmy) DeVane was born August 13, 1925 in Jennings, Florida at the Bradshaw home, the home of his maternal grandparents. On May 22, 2019 he left this world from this same home which had been his residence since 1948. Through God's mercy and blessings, Jimmy's 93 years of life were abundantly filled with a loving wife, honorable military service, a successful career, lengthy retirement and the joy of his heart, his family. Jimmy grew up in several small South Georgia towns where his father worked hard to make ends meet during difficult economic times. He later returned to Jennings where he completed grades 9-11. At age 17 in July of 1943 he entered the US Navy, serving in Okinawa during World War II. He completed high school graduation requirements while in the Navy and received his diploma from the Armed Forces Institute. Following his military service, he continued his education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Florida receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science and a Master's Degree in Education. His first job was Veteran on the Farm instructor, then Vocational Agriculture teacher in Blountstown High School, and Jennings High School. He later became Principal of Jennings High School, Principal of Jasper Elementary and served as Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools for eight years. His interest in agriculture and young people was evident in his dedication to sponsoring the Jennings High School Future Farmers of America and his long membership in the Florida Farm Bureau. His favorite past times were riding his tractor around his small farm, growing sugar cane and annually making cane syrup for family and friends. In 1948 Jimmy and Dorothy (Dot) Pafford were married and shared 71 happy years together serving each other. They created a Godly home environment in which they raised and nurtured three children, Jim, Mike and Dee Dee, and in later years bathed in love six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jimmy was blessed with an active and extended retirement. He and Dot enjoyed numerous agriculture focused tours of the South East, being active in community organization and events, attending church and denominational activities and the joy of days and nights spent at family gatherings. Woodworking was a talent through which he gifted many family members with handmade furniture, picture frames and wood carvings. Jimmy was a member of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for more than 70 years. He lived contently with the blessed assurance of the sovereign grace of our Sovereign God. Jimmy is predeceased by his parents Leroy M. and Ruby Bradshaw DeVane, a sister Ada DeVane Rodgers and a brother Max DeVane. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Pafford DeVane of Jennings, Florida.; his two sons, Jim DeVane (Mary) of Madison, Georgia and Mike DeVane of Waycross, Georgia; his daughter, Dee Dee DeVane Phillips (Donnie) of Middleburg, Florida; his brother, J. Fred DeVane (Dot) of Dowling Park, Florida; his sister, Ruth DeVane Farr (Edward) of Albany, Georgia; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on May 25, 2019 at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. Interment followed at Sassers Landing Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Progressive Primitive Baptist Archives 8 South Zetterower Ave Statesboro, Georgia 30458. Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on June 6, 2019