Jimmy was always there to lend a helping hand to his family and friends‚ never expecting anything in return. As a volunteer fireman with the Milledgeville Volunteer Fire Department‚ Chief Jimmy W. Tuberville suffered a heart attack while fighting a grass fire on December 13‚ 2010‚ just three days before his 64th birthday.
Jimmy was born to Garvin and Mildred Tuberville of Burnsville‚ Mississippi‚ on December 16‚ 1946‚ the first of six children. He had four brothers‚ Johnny‚ Joe‚ Jerry‚ and James‚ and one sister‚ Linda. When Jimmy was young‚ the family moved to Enville‚ Tennessee‚ where they made their home. Jimmy graduated from Chester County High School‚ where he met the love of his life‚ Patricia Ann Spencer. Jimmy and Ann were united in marriage on January 20‚ 1968. He left for Vietnam three weeks later.
Jimmy served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972. After returning from Vietnam‚ he and Ann made their home in Milledgeville. After seven years of marriage‚ they became parents of Joey Spencer‚ and three years later Justin Walt was born. For 39 years‚ Jimmy worked for Grinnell Corporation‚ which later became Anvil International; he retired in 2008.
For more than two decades‚ Jimmy was a vital asset to the fire department. He consistently battled the inferno with no thought to personal safety‚ fearlessly extinguishing the flames and rescuing the endangered civilians even under the most trying conditions. This dedicated and thoughtful leader expertly led those under his command as their fire chief for ten years.
Jimmy worked diligently to establish a bright future for the people of his community. He distinguished himself as a model citizen‚ serving as city alderman for eight years‚ on the cemetery committee‚ park commission‚ and was a devoted and active member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He served on numerous church boards and was the assistant superintendent of Sunday school.
In his spare time‚ Jimmy loved to bowl and played on a bowling league for eight years. He also loved to fish‚ ride his motorcycle‚ travel‚ and do any type of activity that involved family. He was a family man who loved his wife‚ Ann‚ cherished his two sons‚ Joey and Justin‚ and worshipped his four grandchildren‚ Tyler‚ Kirby‚ Lynley and EllyKate‚ and his two daughters-in-law‚ Cindy and Brandy.
Not a day goes by that he is not remembered by those he touched. Jimmy was the ‘Community Handyman‚’ as he was always making sure that things were done just right and to perfection.
In the end‚ Jimmy gave his life to the job he loved. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him‚ the department‚ church family‚ friends‚ but most of all by his family.