James Austin Posey
May 2, 1935 – March 27, 2021
James Austin Posey lived a life worthy of celebration and admiration. Affectionately known as Jim, Sonny Boy, Uncle Jonny, Pops, and Posey, he made his grand entrance into this world on May 2nd,1935 to parents Ada O’Neal and Lewis Posey in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the eldest of 5 siblings: Willistean, Arthur, Lewis, Vera, and Henrietta.
He graduated from A.H. Parker High School in 1954 where he proudly served as class President. He held their motto “We Strive Not To Be Equal, But to Excel” to the highest regard.
Respectably known as the protector, he dedicated his life in service to the United States Air Force, joining Squadron 3704 Flight 756 of Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas before being stationed at Kirkland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a military police sergeant.
With its spicy foods and picturesque mountains, New Mexico offered many charms that Posey held dear, but the “Land of Enchantment” held true to its title by giving him his most prized treasure - his beloved Dollene Frances Walker, whom he married on October 12th,1958.
Their love brought forth his three crown jewels: Sharon, Pamela, and Nikkole.
To witness James and Dollene on the dance floor was truly a magical experience. With his impeccable sense of taste, Posey was known for being sharp as a tack. He became the “who’s who” of Albuquerque- and with “My Lady Dollene” on his arm, he always stood tall with his head held high. Ever the socialite with his house parties, cruises, and travels with friends, he never met a stranger and was well loved by all he encountered.
Jim was very active in the community. He served as a poll worker, member of the local NAACP chapter and on the Sickle Cell Council of Albuquerque.
He loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and served in ministry as a Deacon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and was a devoted member of Hoffmantown Church, before joining World Changers Church International in College Park, GA.
To call him hard working would be an understatement. Upon retiring from General Electric in 1991 after 24 years of duty, he stayed active by working at the New Mexico State Fair, dry cleaning delivery service, and in customer services at multiple Costco Wholesale locations, where he developed many cherished lifelong friendships.
James and Dollene relocated to Stockbridge, Georgia in 2004, where he served as one of the founding board members of the Brenleigh Park Homeowners Association.
He entered into eternal rest on March 27, 2021, transitioning of natural causes in his home. He is reunited with his parents, brothers, and grandaughter Tori at the pearly gates of heaven.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his sisters and his daughters, whom he loves dearly.
Highly regarded as a father figure to sons-in-law Ruben Fisher, Alfred Burke, and Shalon Cowan, as well as to many nieces, nephews, and others, James’ legacy will be continued by his grandchildren Frances, Danielle, Yolanda, Desiree, Alfred James, Shalon, Zhane, and Xzavier, and through his great-grandchildren Taeja, Atreyu, Amelyana, Sky, Journey, & Markelas James.
Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)
Monday, April 5, 2021
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
James Austin Posey
April 5, 2021
My thoughts and prayers goes out to Mrs Posey and family. I met Mr. Posey 17 years ago. He has always been nice and caring. Every times I ran into him, he always say, hey there neighbor, how are doing? He always had a big smile on his face. I am going to missed that smile.
With deepest sympathy,
Elita Richardson and family
Marza “Michelle” Penny
April 5, 2021
As one of six children raised by grandma Ada in a humble home in Birmingham, AL, he surely “rose up”. He found himself in Albuquerque, NM where he met the love of his life, Aunt Dollene. Personally, as an inner-city kid from New York, I recall spending many summer vacations with Uncle Jonnie, Aunt Dollene and cousins,Sharon, Pam and Nikkole. As a teen, they took me with them on a family road trip to California, where I had my first visit to the Disneyland, San Diego Zoo and Universal Studios by Winnebago! I remember him working his shifts at GE for many years and then playing just as hard as he worked. He provided a solid family foundation to his daughters and extended family.
When I wed my husband 31 years ago, I was very proud to have my Uncle Jonnie escort me down the aisle. I was elated when he relocated to Stockbridge, GA to be near 2 of their daughters, as I was able to periodically drive through and share Uncle Jonnie with my own family. I will always cherish my memories with him and remember what a loving and caring person he was.
Uncle Jonnie, you have etched a permanent place in my heart and I will truly miss you. Rest In Peace.
April 4, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Posey and the Posey family. I met Mr. Posey 17 years ago while attending our first HOA meeting. He was always kind, and he was dedicated to serving our community. I pray that God provides comfort and strength to those who loved him.
April 3, 2021
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Posey, but I know how much he was loved by my best friend, Alicia. Uncle Johnny meant the world to Alicia. He and Aunt Dollene were recently featured on an episode of a podcast that Alicia and her daughter, Trinity host.
The sound of his voice and words of love for Dollene showed how genuine and gentle he was. That episode is now priceless.
I'm sending all of his family & friends my condolences and love. Peace to you all.
Terry and Stephanie Hammond
April 2, 2021
Mr Posey has been my next door neighbor for 17 years. The first time we met he said to me, "WELCOME TO THE HOOD!" He was so funny and friendly. We became best of friends from that day forward. We will truly miss him. Rest in Peace my friend.
Judia. And Girard Hunter
April 1, 2021
We met Posey more then 20 yrs ago,from the day we met,, they made us feel like family..we will miss his warmth,wit,and love that he share with us,,God speed,, Thanks for the memories..
April 1, 2021
The first time I met Mr. Posey was when I attended our annual HOA meeting for the first time (October 2014). He spoke volume and had a very warming smile. Over the years I learned that his heart was just as warm and big as his smile.
Mr. Posey was a very loving, and caring man who spoke highly of his family.
He will truly be missed but never forgotten.