James Thomas Stacy passed away unexpectedly at his home in St. Marys on Aug. 4.
He was born on April 20, 1934, to Annie Lavert Stacy and James Pinkney Stacy in Rockhill, S.C. As a young child, his family relocated to Atlanta where he resided until 1996 when he made St. Marys his home.
He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952. Upon completion of high school, he worked for Grinnel Corporation for industrial piping in the cities of Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia in 1957 and 1959. While attending the University of Georgia, he studied for two summers in Monterey, Mexico.
James began his teaching career in 1957 in the Fulton County school district, he spent most his career at Park Lane Elementary and Union City. He retired as a principal in 1989 from Park Lane Elementary. After retiring he worked at the Martin Luther King Center for the National Park Service and led tours at Cumberland Island when he relocated to St. Marys.
James married Ann Kendall in 1969 in Knoxville, Tenn. James’s only son and the light of his life, Thomas Pinkney Stacy, was born in 1970. After Ann’s death in 2008, James married Seleta Shaw London in 2011 in Monroe, Mich.
James was a 45-year season ticket holder for UGA football games and traveled to almost all SEC stadiums with his son. James was an avid traveler. When Tom was in the Navy, James spent most of his time off visiting Tom at his various duty stations. He went on many cruises, hikes in the Appalachian Mountains, traveling most of the United States and visiting monuments of his hero Gen. George Custer.
James was a lover of research and often could be seen at city hall and city council meetings because “he had some questions.” James was a patriot, Christian and educator. Some of his other accomplishments include: member of GOP party, chairman of Camden County GOP for two terms, longtime member of Wally Historical Society, lifetime member for the Little Bighorn Society, lifetime member of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, member of Guale Historical Society, active member of First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys and past board member of Magnolia Manor.
James is survived by son, Thomas Stacy and his wife Danielle and their son Dustin Stacy; stepchildren, Janine Casner, Lawrence Casner and Laurie Casner; brother-in-law, Terrell Underwood; niece, Stacy Carson and husband Ryan and their daughter Lily Carson; nephew, Alan Hardeman; and great-nieces, Brittney Weldon and husband John and Maranda Hardeman.
He was preceded in death by first wife, Ann Stacy, and second wife, Seleta London Stacy; his parents, Annie and James Stacy; and sisters, Joann Stacy and Gloria Underwood.
Memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First Presbyterian Church of St Marys, reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in James’s honor to Magnolia Manor or First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.