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James Boswell English

June 28, 2019 - 06:00
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November 11, 1934- June 17, 2019

James Boswell “Jimmy” English, 84, a lifelong resident of Penfield, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Piedmont Athens Regional in Athens.

Funeral Services were held Friday, June 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Main St., Greensboro, with the Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Thornton, Emzelle Daniel, Larry Callaway, Brad Walker, Carl Spagnuolo and Jacob Thrift. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Conger, Johnny Wheeler, Bobby Boswell, Carey Williams, John Colclough, Jimmy Finch, Comer Tolbert and the Georgia State Patrol. Interment was in the Penfield Cemetery.

Jimmy was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Penfield to the late George Boswell English and Eula Dell Jennings English. Jimmy graduated from Greensboro High School in 1952 and received his BBA from the University of Georgia in 1956. After graduation, he entered into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country, receiving an honorable discharge in 1963. On April 6, 1963, he married the former Dianne Hartley from Sandersville. He enjoyed a long and successful career at the Greensboro Post Office for 42.5 years and was later Postmaster at Hull.

Jimmy had many hobbies and passions, enjoying hunting, gardening, riding his bike and old rusty tractors, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with friends. He also enjoyed his liver and white pointer dogs, muscle cars and antique and classic cars as long as they were Fords and was a loyal Georgia Bulldog football fan. As a member of the San Marino Lodge, he had received his 50-year pin. His entire life Jimmy was a faithful member of Penfield Presbyterian Church, where he served as treasurer and elder for many years. He was preceded in death by his brother, George W. “Boots” English of Rockhill, S.C.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Dianne English of Penfield, Jimmy is survived by his two children, Tracy English (Dee) of Penfield and Jan English Spagnuolo (Carl) of North Palm Beach, Florida; two grandchildren, Jaden Thrift and Jake Thrift; two nieces, Diane Cranford and Lynn Fields; and many friends.

The family requests that any memorials be made in Jimmy English’s memory to Nathanael Greene Academy, P. O. Box 109, Siloam, GA 30665.

McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, 706-453-2626, was in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.