Mr. James Luetkemeyer, 76, was a loving husband and father.  He had recently moved from Sarasota, Florida to Buford, Georgia to be closer to family. Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 11, 1940.  He was a graduate of Euclid High School and worked for the Xerox Corporation until a heart attack at 39 years old put him on disability.  He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Wilma Luetkemeyer.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Jackie, and his three daughters:  Jill (Kevin) Sessions, Jane (Jeff) Botz, and Jennifer (Rich) Nicely.  He also had six wonderful grandchildren:  Eliza Jane and Sam Sessions; Victoria and Henry Botz; and Jessica and Ryan Nicely. Jim was a dog whisperer and never was without his most recent furry companion, Skipper, a standard poodle.  He loved anything to do with boats and the water especially the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  He could fix anything electrical or mechanical and never read the instructions.  Jim travelled the world with his father when he was younger and encouraged his daughters to learn by experience.  He will be missed by all those he has helped along the way as he never met a stranger and was a staunch friend. A private gathering will be held at a later date for his immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Health Foundation 191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 820, Atlanta, GA  30303.

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  1. Sending comfort and peace to a beautiful family. My mother and I are in sorrow but our hearts will forever carry the light Jim brought, to everyone he and Skipper met. As a former neighbor on Windward drive we had the privilege of Jim”s skill to fix everything – cars, pool pumps, garage doors, disposals. There was nothing he couldn’ t repair. We shared many boat adventures together as members of Southbay yacht club. Be at peace dear friend. We miss you on earth but feel sure you are in a better place and watching over your family from not so far away. Blessings, Elizabeth and Jane Darst, Sarasota, Florida.

  2. We are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend.. you will be missed. As a “berth mate” in Southbay Yacht club I never realized how much I didn’t know about the important, and the not so important! As a next door neighbor I realized your willingness to lend help in a moments notice, your insightfulness, and offer of opinion without prejudice. It was inspiring when you shared your many life experiences and keen acumen, for that I am most grateful.
    8 bells. Fare thee well James

  3. Jim was a dear friend and neighbor in Southbay. We had lots of laughs down at the dock and on his
    immaculate 31 Bertram. Jim was a very intelligent person and always stopped to say hello with the
    woof in his back seat. Will miss him.

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