Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
James Showman is survived by his wife of 73 years, Susan M. Showman, his four children (Jim, Bill, Bonnie, and Gayle), and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and at age eleven began working to help care for his family after his father was killed in a coal mining accident. As the oldest of four children, Jim worked to care for his sisters and brothers. His hard working nature continued throughout the entirety of his life. Jim held many jobs over the years: movie theatre film runner, window advertisement artist, pool hall manager, brickyard worker, foreman for airplane parts during WWII, milkman, and gas station owner. Jim worked until age 88 in the automotive repair business.
The best thing, according to Jim, that ever happened to him was marrying Susan. Jim saw Susan going into a candy shop and said to a friend Who is that girl? I am going to marry her; about two years later, when working in the brickyard, he met her brother. On the first date they shared a piece of her blueberry pie, and as they say, the rest is history. Susan and Jim shared a lifetime of love for each other with a pat of the butt and a kiss goodnight daily; he always told everyone what a good wife she is and that she took great care of him.
He is remembered for his quick wit, his financial wisdom, and his generous, loving nature. He once bought his wife diamond earrings when he saw her pulling weeds in the yard just because. Jim brought an entire hospital ward to tears when, while he was ill himself, he found out that his sister was passing away at the age of 86; to ill to travel, he sent her 86 roses with the message a rose for every year I have gotten to love you. These examples encompass the spirit with which he loved the people in his life.
Jim loved to travel with his grandchildren when they were younger; he made over 13 trips to Disney World with as many as 4 grandchildren at a time. These trips were often a surprise to the children and captured the magic and fun of time spent with grandpa and grandma. Jim was also a great artist and often drew sketches of characters and people. Mr. Walt Disney actually sent Jim, at the age of sixteen, a letter once praising some drawings he sent for critique and noted that if he wasnt so young he would be an artist for Disney. In his later years, he enjoyed trading stocks, working in his garden (he still holds the secret to the best tomatoes), and betting the horses. Susan and Jim were regulars at the horse track over the years and he continued to enjoy trips to the track and making bets- he especially enjoyed winning. Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren. They will always remember his large, soft hands(which when he squeezed your hand three times quickly it meant I love you), his big baby blue eyes that always had a little sparkle in them, and his advice that held 97 years of lifes wisdom.
Jim was a lover of animals and always feeding the birds, sixteen pairs of doves, squirrels, and local hawks. He also loved his many dogs over the years and was upset by any cruelty to animals. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You can make honorary donations at aspca.org. No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 has been entrusted with the arrangements.