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March 1 Celebration of Life for Mushroom in SAV

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:26 pm
by mchasher
Info from Head Nurse's text message from Jody Sauls... ... px?ID=1310

The family is hosting a “Celebration of His Life” memorial in Savannah, Ga on the evening of March 1, 2019 at Fort Screvens.

Re: March 1 Celebration of Life for Mushroom in SAV

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:33 pm
by mchasher
Here is the story or our Mushroom...
October 8, 1932 - January 31, 2019

James Frampton Missroon, Jr.


James Frampton Missroon, Jr., also known as Jim or Jimmy, passed away January 31, 2019 from a stroke at EAMC in Opelika, Al. Jimmy was born on October 8, 1932 in Mt Pleasant, SC. He was the son of the late James Frampton and Almeda Cornelison Missroon and the 3rd of 11 energetic and outgoing children who eventually settled in Tybee Island, Ga. His childhood was spent romping the dunes and coastal waterways around Tybee and Savannah with his brothers and sisters.

After graduating high school, he worked as a deck hand for Atlantic Towing Co., Savannah, GA until joining the US Navy in April 1952. He served aboard the USS Seminole (AKA-104) out of its home port of Seattle, WA during the Korean War, visiting ports of call in Japan, China, and Korea. At the time of his honorable discharge from active duty in April 1956, he had achieved the rank of Quartermaster First Class (QM1) and received the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal 1st Award. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity and earned a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Jimmy then went back to Savannah, where he met and married Sandra H. Missroon. In 1965 they welcomed Randy into the world. In 1967, Jimmy and Sandy welcomed Kelly Ann into the family, followed by Jennifer in 1969. It wasn’t long after that, they moved to Brunswick, GA where Jimmy accepted a Plant Manager position with Concrete Products Company. During their years living in Brunswick, throughout the '70s, he took an active role in helping Sandy raise their kids to enjoy the outdoors as much as he did. He created a fun home atmosphere by having a trampoline, making homemade monkey bars, installing a zipline, and helping build a 3 story treehouse in addition to supporting the family pets: mallard duck (Brandy), dog (Buttabee), rabbits and several cats. Jim also took part in the kids many activities such as being assistant coach on their baseball and softball teams, serving as an assistant Scout Master to Randy’s scout troop. The family enjoyed summer family camping trips in central Florida to explore, swim, and snorkel in the springs. Jim would also take his family to visit his brother’s family in Pompano Beach, FL where he took the children fishing and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean. He continued to pursue very mentally challenging and physically demanding activities which he would leverage into life lessons for their children, such as bee keeping and harvesting honey from the two hives he maintained. He liked to take the family fish seining along the beaches and sand bars of Jekyll &St Simons Island as well fishing on his shrimp boat (the Pookie) with his sons’ help at the wheel while he worked the nets.

In 1980, he accepted the position of pressroom foreman with the Atlanta Journal newspaper and the family moved to Doraville, a northeast suburb of Atlanta. The next year they bought and moved to a house in Stone Mountain. It was then that Jim began running for exercise and taking part in Atlanta Track Club 5k and 10k races on the weekends. He also ran his first Peachtree Road Race in 1981, which became an annual trek he continued to take part in for many years. He made friends with other runners and became a founding member in a running club called the Atlanta Hash House Harriers (AH4). He took part in their “hounds chasing the hare” style cross country runs through woods, creeks and urban terrain, receiving the nickname of “Mushroom” within the group and forming lifetime friendships among them. He included his children in his running activities, indoctrinating them into the "Hasher" club and taking them along on many of their runs as well as several Peachtree Road Races.

Throughout the ‘80’s, he balanced a lifestyle rich with physical and mental extracurricular activities against a demanding and stressful position with the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC). However, Jimmy continued doing his share to help Sandy raise their three children through their teenage years, including outgoing activities like rafting down the Chattahoochee river. Together, he and Sandy tackled the challenges of raising a family, including overcoming the death of their daughter Kelly Ann Missroon in 1986.

At the end of the '80s, Jimmy and Sandy built a house and moved to Lake Spivey Country Club (Jonesboro, GA). And in the early '90s, Jimmy left the AJC in order to continue to challenge himself academically and enrolled in the Georgia State University, where he earned a Masters in math. He also successfully tested and became a member of the Mensa International organization around that time.

In the mid- ‘90s, with their children completing their own college educations and taking off on their careers, Jimmy and Sandy bought several rental properties and Jimmy dove head first into the challenge to managing rental units and leveraging those investments as a source of income.

By the time Sandy officially retired in 2002, his rental properties rarely needed much of his attention. Setting his own schedule allowed him and Sandy to satisfy their travel bug by taking a tour to Ireland followed by several cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean with some of their dear friends. He also purchased an RV and they took a road trip up to Maine as well as many excursions around the Southern States and beaches. Jimmy and Sandy enjoyed touring the world together until her sudden passing in 2011.

In 2017 Jim moved to Auburn, Al where he could be close for his daughter and her family to assist in caring for him. He spent many weekends running errands with her which included grabbing a cold beer & lunch at a local restaurant. He also built friendships with the locals during his weekly “trivia night” outings as well as dancing to live music on other nights. Jim even celebrated his 86th birthday dancing at his facility with a live band and toasting with his favorite homemade sangria.

Jim was a loving, fun father, son and grandfather who was the life of the party. His outgoing sense of humor was contagious as it kept everyone laughing; he was usually the first & last person on the dance floor with his famous dance moves. He will be missed: "On-In” Mushroom.

The family is hosting a “Celebration of His Life” memorial in Savannah, Ga on the evening of March 1, 2019 at Fort Screvens.

Re: March 1 Celebration of Life for Mushroom in SAV

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:23 pm
by littlewilly
Wow that's quite a life. I know Mushroom made me laugh more than once. Thanks for posting

Sonya and On-On Mushroom!

Re: March 1 Celebration of Life for Mushroom in SAV

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:54 pm
by mchasher
Here are the details for THIS FRIDAY EVENING on TYBEE ISLAND from Mushroom's daughter Jennifer aka Killer Bee...

"Hi, I'm sorry for the late reply. YES! We would love for all of y'all to come!! It's Friday from 6-10 at the Shrine club on Tybee 45 Meddin Road. We're having a low country boil with open bar. Casual dress since dad hated wearing a coat and tie. Please do post on the site. Looking forward to seeing all of you. ON ON, beer near!"

Re: March 1 Celebration of Life for Mushroom in SAV

PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:03 am
by mchasher
On-on, Mushroom!