In Memoriam

James (Jim) Paul Milton

August 1, 1935 – February 2, 2018

Jim Milton
James (Jim) Paul Milton


Jim Milton, 82, a Virginian by birth, grew up in Atlanta in the Buckhead neighborhood. Milton died after a brief illness February 2. As a resident of Big Canoe, he was an avid tennis player and community leader.

Milton had a deep belief in giving back to the community.His community activity never slowed after Milton took early retirement from 35 years at Sears and relocated to Big Canoe.

He was elected to the Big Canoe property owners board where he served a term as president. A Rotarian for over 40 years, he was president of the Jasper Rotary Club, appointed to the Planning Commission in Pickens County, served on the local American Heart Association board and supported the local Special Olympics program. Through the Jasper Rotary Club, the Hope House was established as a temporary home for foster care children. Milton served for 15 years on the board of Hope House, 11 of these as president.

He became part of a Rotary Friendship exchange to India, visiting many projects to assist however he could. He also traveled to South Korea to speak at a Rotary Group Exchange District Conference where he was taken to many historical sites and enjoyed staying with families there. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of The Big Canoe Chapel.

In addition to his wife Peggy, Milton is survived by a daughter Georgia Sheats, son in law Bill Sheats; granddaughter Molly Sheats; sister Anne Thompson; brother Bob Milton; sisters in law Martha Milton, Sylvia Roseen, Bettie Russell; brother in law James Molloy and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Feb. 10 at The Big Canoe Chapel with a reception following in the Broyles Center.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to:

Hope House, PO Box 651, Jasper, GA 30143 or Special Olympics Georgia 6046 Financial Drive, Norcross, GA 30071.


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