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James Walter Diamond, born April 19, 1941, in Versailles, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Georgetown.

Jim led a full life of service as a high school band director, a Cumberland Presbyterian pastor, and a police chaplain in Smyrna, Tennessee, until his retirement at the age of 74. He was a Master Mason in the Sam Davis Lodge and also a 32nd degree Scottish Rights Mason, a member of the Jamestown Society, Son of the American Revolution, Sons of the Confederacy, and Baron of the Magna Carta.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gladys Murray Diamond; two sons, Joseph Keller (Cheryl) Diamond, Georgetown; and Steven Murray (Cardelia) Howell-Diamond, Huntsville, Alabama; a brother, Charles Donald (Shela) Diamond, Midway; and five loving grandchildren, Rachel, Taylor, Zanna, Sara and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Walter and Marjorie Johnson Diamond.

A memorial service was held today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, in Versailles, with burial to follow at Midway Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Jim’s honor to the Memphis Theological Seminary.

(Paid obituary)

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