Published 5:14 pm Friday, January 29, 2021

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On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, James Olen Partain, of LaGrange, Georgia, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 73. Jim was born in Pasadena, California on April 23, 1947, to Reverend Roy and Mabel Clinton Partain.

 Jim is survived by his wife, Patty, of Lagrange, Georgia, daughters Jennifer (Mike) Tietzel, Janell (Scott) Dirksen, both of Washington, stepdaughters Molly (David) Evert and Amy (Matt) Rue, both of Georgia, and by 16 grandchildren, D’ete, Karrah, Justus, Josiah, and Petunia Tietzel, Baen and Reid Dirksen, Jack and Kalisse Evert, Knox, Colin, Calvin, Keeper, and Margaret Evert, and Olivia and Rosie Rue. He is also survived by his sister, Mary (Holland)Lewis of Anaheim, California, brother-in-law Dr. Ray Irwin of San Clemente, California, and 22 nieces and nephews, and many faithful friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joe Partain, and sisters Helen Irwin and Martha Novak.

Jim served his country for six years in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of Vietnam. Jim worked in the automotive industry for many years at General Motors, City Ford, Sunbelt Ford,Victory Ford, and Langley Motors. Jim retired from InterCall of West Point, Georgia in 2016.

Jim was a faithful member of West Point First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Prayer Breakfast, a teacher for New Beginnings Sunday School class, an enthusiastic Chancel Choir member, and a dedicated student of God’s Word. He was a gifted soloist and participated in many choral groups.

Jim played the baritone and the trumpet, and shared his beautiful voice wherever he went. He enjoyed community theater and was an avid reader of Western novels. Jim faced many health challenges but had a vivacious joy and remained faithful to his Lord and Savior. He was grateful for the faithful prayers of his many friends and family, which sustained him on his journey.

The family thanks Hospice LaGrange and Twin Fountains Nursing Home for his excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Point First United Methodist Church or West Georgia Hospice of LaGrange, Georgia. Cremation rites were accorded by Higgins Funeral Home, LaGrange. There will be a private family interment with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.

Online condolences to the family may be left at www.higginslagrangechapel.com.  Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter Allen Myhand, 506 Holl Street, LaGrange, (706) 884-5626.