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1947 James 2022

James Lee Priest

January 22, 1947 — April 20, 2022

James Priest, 75, passed away on April 20, 2022, in Blairsville, GA.

James (Jim) was born in West Palm Beach, FL
to Joseph B. Priest Sr. and Bernice Priest. James married Maria Priest of Leinzell Germany, on July 4, 1983 in Homestead Florida.

He was preceded in death by Joseph B. Priest Sr. (Father), Bernice Priest (Mother) and his brothers Erwin, Joseph, William, Fred, Grady and David.

Jim entered the Air Force in 1965 as a Ground Communications Technician. He served in Vietnam and received the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Leave and Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals. Upon return from Vietnam he served in Germany supporting the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He then switched career fields and became a recruiter. Later specializing in recruitment for the medical field. He retired in 1987 after serving over 22 years in the Air Force.

Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus at our Lady of the Stars, Vandenberg AFB CA and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Blairsville GA.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Maria; his brother Thomas Priest; his son Eric Priest; daughters Kim Ramos, Wendy Priest and Jasmin Bryan-Graham; 11 grandchildren (Edward, Christopher, Nicol, Andrew, Jessica, Haylee, Evan, Anthony, Crystal, Gabriella and Sydney); great grandchildren Olivia and Grace Marie Ann, and many other relatives.

The Rosary for James Priest will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 16, 2022 at 10:00 am and the inurnment of his ashes will take place on May 2, 2022, after the 9 am Mass in the Saint Clare Memorial Garden at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Rosary Service

Monday, April 25, 2022

6:00 - 7:00 pm

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

3717 SR-515, Blairsville, GA 30512

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