James Seawright Florence, Jr., age 73, of Marietta, Georgia, died at home on March 1, 2014 of complications from lung cancer. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 5th at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta Chapel. A military committal service will follow at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. Jim is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Barbara Booth Florence, of Marietta; his daughter, Mary Ann Payment, and husband, David, of Acworth; and his son, James Edwin Florence, and wife, Suzanne, of Acworth. He was blessed with four grandchildren: Victoria Rose Florence, Noah James Florence, Anthony Wade Payment, and Kaylee Elisha Payment. He is also survived by his brother, Gerald M. Florence, of Vero Beach, Florida, and sister, Carolyn F. Hopkins, of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family. Jim was born in Atlanta on November 8, 1940 to the late Lottie Daniel Florence and James Seawright Florence. He graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1958. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1961. In the Fall of 1961, he enrolled at North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965. From 1966-1995, he was employed by IBM in offices in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. He was a member of East Cobb Baptist Church. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Cobb Baptist Church, 1940 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066; Wellstar Community Hospice, c/o Wellstar Foundation, 2000 South Park Place, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30339; Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96628, Washington, DC 20090-6628.
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