James Thomas Popham Sr.

September 26, 1931April 8, 2019

James Thomas (Tommy) Popham, Sr., 87 of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Douglasville.

He was born September 26, 1931 in Taylorsville, GA the son of the late Benjamin Popham and the late Bessie Rutledge Popham.

Tommy grew up on the family farm working the cotton fields. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, then began working at Lockheed. Tommy left Lockheed to open Tommy Popham Realty and Construction. He was a founding member of the Douglas County Homebuilders Association. He was a member of the Douglasville First Baptist Church, having formerly served as a deacon. Tommy was a Mason and a member of the Sweetwater Shriners and Yaarab Shriners. He was supported by his loving wife of 62 years, Beth Popham.

Tommy enjoyed being outdoors, going to the beach and grilling his legendary filets. As a big fan of Nascar Racing, he seldom missed a race in Daytona Beach. When he wasn’t watching his favorite Atlanta Braves baseball, he could be found at Stockmar Airport where he enjoyed flying his plane.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene Popham, Hamp Popham and Horton Popham, and four sisters, Annie Ruth (Poppy) Beall, Sadie Willingham, Faye Stockmar and Shirley Collins.

Survivors include his wife, Beth Popham, son, Jim (Sharon) Popham of Douglasville and daughter, Anne Popham (Charlie Griffis) of St. Simons Island, GA. His sister Helen Wade of Rome, GA., and grandchildren Alex and Alison Popham.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2‐4 on Saturday, May 4, at Hudson’s Hickory House at 12515 Veteran’s Memorial Hwy., Douglasville, GA.

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at

Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


4 May

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hudson's Hickory House

12515 Veteran's Memorial Highway
Douglasville, Georgia


James Thomas Popham Sr.

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Mitchell Appliance

April 16, 2019

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you during this time.

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Jimmy Grimes

April 9, 2019

My sincerest condolences to all of the family. I have so many happy memories of Tommy as he was Brother-In-Law to me for 62 years, I was 9 when he and Beth married. I think my fondest memory is he came from Smyrna to Cedartown to take me to get my Driver's License, I was 17. Another memory from "back in the day" is when I was also 9 and the fair came to the old National Guard Armory on Benedict Highway and he and Beth took me to the fair and I will never forget he and I rode one of the planes that circled around in the air, many young couples would not have wanted little brother tagging along, I felt special to be included. That was 62 years ago and it is still as clear as glass in my memories. Thank you Tommy for the memory. He was a good man.