OBITUARY

James K. Baber

October 21, 1952November 18, 2021

James K. Baber, born October 21, 1952, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, November 18, 2021 at his home in Greensboro, Ga. He was one of four siblings.

Jim was the ultimate family man. He and his wife, Judy, celebrated 40 years of marriage this fall. In addition to Judy, he is survived by his son, Noel, daughter in law, Amy, and two grandchildren, Annabelle and Noely, all of which he was immensely proud and loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his infant son, Peter.

Jim lived a full life and enjoyed a very successful and long career. Prior to his retirement in 2018, he worked 41 years for Copper & Brass Sales, the last 20 as part of ThyssenKrupp. Throughout his career, he held various leadership positions, however he was proudest of his role as President of TKK Logistics, Inc which he built from the ground up. Jim was a beloved, genuine and empathetic leader and took immense pride in caring for his employees.

Jim enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and was an avid historian. Even through his battle with cancer, he was able to celebrate with friends and family up to his last days. He will be profoundly missed.

Mass will be held at The Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta on Monday, November 22nd at 10:00 am. The rite of committal will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. Friends and family are welcome.

A celebration of life will be held in Toledo at a future date.

  • FAMILY

  • Jim and his wife, Judy, celebrated 40 years of marriage this fall. In addition to Judy, he is survived by his son, Noel, daughter in law, Amy, and two grandchildren, Annabelle and Noely, all of which he was immensely proud and loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his infant son, Peter.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, November 22, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 22, 2021

Memories

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Chris Rumpf

December 2, 2021

JUDY my condolences come to you with deepest sympathy from the bottom of my heart I will always remember working Jim’s retirement party at Sylvania country club I can remember getting out my phone and videotaping the two of you dancing laughing and having a great time may he rest in peace.With all my sympathy Chris Rumpf( Scc)

Chris Rumpf

December 2, 2021

My name is Chris Rumpf I work at Sylvania Countryin Sylvania Ohio I knew Mr. and Mrs. Baber,My deepest sympathy to the family .So sorry of the great loss May his memory be eternal with all my sympathy coming your way, Fondly , Chris

Pete Emahiser

November 28, 2021

One day while woring for TKX - Mr Baber stopped by my desk and asked me to his office. We entered, and he shut the door.
He had overheard me talking to my realtor about houses, on company time.

Jim congratulated me on buying my first home - and spent the next hour giving me solid advice about what to look for, financing, etc

It was an honor to work, learn, and improve under his guidance.

Thank you Mr Baber.

Pete

Bill Sabol

November 24, 2021

I am very grateful that I had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years, but more importantly, to have been a good friend for almost 40 years!
He was an absolute gentleman in all respects and was revered by his peers. His positive attitude was infectious and assured many people to see the positives rather than dwelling on the negatives.His role in taking the Toledo express from its infancy to being the leader of TKX Logistics was very gratifying forJim, his family and the many employees who benefited from his leadership.
In closing, let me share a picture that always hung in his offices, “ If you want your son to follow in your footsteps do not wear loafers!
I have benefitted from that statement more than anyone will ever know.
The world is a better place having Jim live his life to the fullest.
His family should be very Proud, and I am forever in his debt!
Bill Sabol

Lahoma (Eileen) Satterfield (Jones)

November 22, 2021

I knew Jim from high school. Only saw him at reunions after that. I remember him as a kind and caring person every time I saw him. There was a peaceful aura that emanated from him and drew people to him. I am sorry for your family’s loss, but I know he is in a better place. Thankful for the memories I do have of him.


Victoria Radick

November 22, 2021

Judy -

John and I are so saddened by the news of Jim's passing. I know how much you and your family meant to him. It seemed that much of his positive attitude and energy to survive was about making the situation easier on others, which is who he was.

We are very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

With love and sympathy,
Vickie Radick and John Dexter

Michelle Hale Barker

November 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with him years ago when I was at the Nashville location of Copper & Brass Sales. I traveled to Toledo where my best friend worked and was impressed with Jim's capabilities and leadership. He was nice and professional, and left a lasting impression for someone young who was just starting out.

My heart goes out to his family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

Best Regards,
Michelle Hale Barker
Nashville, TN

Ann & Greg Hammer

November 21, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have lost a dear friend, great neighbor and one of the good ones! One of our favorite memories of Jim is him waving to us from the VIP section at the Zoo To Do where he was sitting at a table after sneaking in! He was always having fun. We mourn his passing but celebrate that we knew him as one of our friends and he brought joy and good times to everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed!

Joe Menzo

November 21, 2021

Growing up we would make a road trip to Toledo to see Noel, aunt Judy and Uncle Jim.
It always felt like a holiday, even if it wasn’t, because of the embrace shown to visitors when we would be there!
The fireworks displays were epic, and to the soundtrack of classic rock playing. (like the mamas and papas)
Norman Rockwell will always remind me of the collection of Americana and historical books kept in Uncle Jim’s den.
I smile thinking of the laughter Uncle Jim brought to his family. He grew a happy home and brought a smile to his happy wife. He has much to be proud of in his son and grandchildren!
His good will and memory remains with me.

Sister Margaret Mary Faist

November 20, 2021

Jim was indeed the ultimate family man and a person of great strength and compassion. My prayers for Judy, Noel, and all who knew and loved Jim.

FROM THE FAMILY