James Emory Baggett passed away peacefully on February 19, 2018, in Johns Creek, Georgia. Born on November 21, 1938 in Bethlehem, Georgia, he was known as Jeb in his youth and Jim in his prime. Never as Jimmy, which makes sense to anyone acquainted with him. As a young man, Jim graduated from Lawrenceville High School with the Class of ’56 before attending North Georgia College and later the University of Georgia. He completed one year of law school before joining the U.S. Air Force, serving until 1967. Jim eventually earned his Juris Doctor from the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Law in 1979, putting his legal knowledge to work for Georgia’s Office of Social Security and Disability Adjudication for most of his career. An avid Georgia football fan, Jim could be found most game days loudly (and forcefully) cheering on the Dawgs – a fact that sometimes shocked those who only knew his quieter side. His close friends and family knew his sly wit, charity, integrity, and tender heart. He is reunited with Faye Rudeseal Baggett, his wife of 26 years, beloved son John Harrison Baggett, and parents Betty R. Harrison Baggett and Boyd Q. Baggett. He is survived by his daughters, Meg Baggett and Lauren Baggett, his son-in-law Evan White, his sister Betty Baggett Bowling, his brothers-in-law, Robert P. Bowling, John Rudeseal (Susan), and Mark Rudeseal (Tammy), and many nieces and nephews. A service to honor Jim’s life will be held on Friday, February 23, at 2 p.m. at Wages & Sons of Lawrenceville. The family will receive guests beginning at 1 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to send flowers or to make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Reaching Out Foundation, P.O. Box 87047, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.

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  1. I remember Jeb fondly from having his father as my principal in Lawrenceville for several years and from being friends with his sister, Betty. Please know that your family is in my prayers.

    Patsy Craft Price

  2. So very sorry for your loss. May the pain in your heart today soon be replaced with comfort from all the happy memories you shared.
    Sonja and Lucas Bermudez

  3. So sorry to hear about Jeb, He was my third cousin whom I had not seen in many years. I have very fond memories of him and his parents and Betty Boyd at the Baggett Reunions at the cabin on Hwy. 29 that belonged to my grandfather, J.J. Baggett. Please know your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sorry to hear about this devastating loss I know it’s very difficult losing someone you Love so much acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that soon there will be a ressurection and we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  5. Meg and Lauren, my deepest condolences. Your dad will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for letting me be a part of your dad’s life and yours.

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the entire family especially to Betty Bowling in the loss of her brother.

  7. God promises to completely do away with sickness and death. These things are not in his purpose for mankind. His purpose is that mankind lives forever. Therefore, he will remove all pain and suffering and restore life to those lost in death by means of a resurrection. He promises this and yearns to fulfill his promise. May you find comfort in these promises. (Revelation 21:4, Acts 24:15)

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