Cover photo for James "Jim" Donald Poplin's Obituary
1947 James 2023

James "Jim" Donald Poplin

January 15, 1947 — June 8, 2023


James “Jim” Donald Poplin 76, of Glennville joined his beautiful bride, Barbara, in their heavenly home on Thursday, June 8, 2023.  Born in Dumas, Arkansas to James and Helen Poplin, Jim was a natural born athlete, excelling in both football and wrestling at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, CA.   After graduation, he attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO playing football for the Air Force Falcons. After his time in the service, Jim joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, becoming a union wireman traveling between New York and Georgia.  He was a firm boss and leader who felt strongly about standing for and beside his fellow Union Brothers in the IBEW.

Once he retired, he enjoyed spending time with his cherished family and taking care of his and Barbara's many gardens over the years.  A true tinkerer at heart, he loved to work on every kind of tractor, car, and machine he could get his hands on.  He was a great father to his children, and he later honed those skills into becoming the best Granddaddy in the land.  A journeyman/wireman by trade, a guitar picker, corvette aficionado, gunsmith by passion and an amazing husband, father and grandfather by design; Jim left a lasting impression on all who knew and loved him. The work ethic, passion and skills that he passed on to his employees, his children, and his many grandchildren cannot be matched, and will never be forgotten.

Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara, parents James B. And Helen Mabry Poplin of Pasco, Washington, and his sisters Shirley Woodard and Cecilia Schmid of Kennewick, Washington.  He is survived by his constant companion and sweet “baby girl”, Pickle the dog, daughters Kimberly (Misty) and Jamie, son James (Shannon), grandchildren Jennifer (Adam), Devin (Ashley), William (Rebekah), Ryan (Ally Jo), Molly (Ramsey), Mathew (John Carlo), Gabriel, Salma & Mabry Ann, his many precious great grandchildren, brother, Lewis (Sue) of Summerton, South Carolina, nieces and nephews, and of course, “all them damn cats”.  His family will cherish the memory of him in their hearts always. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

To honor James’s wishes, the family will not be holding a public memorial service.

Glennville Funeral Home is honored to serve the cremation needs of the Poplin family.

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