Happy Birthday Jimi
Happy Birthday Jimi
It has been a year already since GOD decided it was time to take our sweet baby brother home. Jimi, you were an angel walking amongst us and now you are in heaven watching over all of us. It is truly hard to believe that you are not with us anymore, in human form, but you will always be a big part in my heart. Jimi you touched anyone you came near. You were the best son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, co-worker and Christian. No one will ever be able to fill your shoes. I really miss your laugh, jokes, singing, understanding, patience and the big hugs you gave me. I have so many wonderful memories of you the day mom brought you home, the day you climbed the fence to get into Buxtons yard so you could go down their slide (since ours was taken down due to your hernia surgery), the day you almost bit your tongue off, and the Christmas caroling when you came home with a face full of blood and I had to meet dad at the clinic for you to get stitches. I didnt mean for you to get hurt under my watch. I was so proud of you when you sang at Shannon and Mandis weddings. You made their special day perfect with your wonderful voice. The memory I will hold fondest is when at 45 years old you were brave enough to take 5 of your sisters on a road trip to Tennessee. It was the best time the six of us had together in many years. We had so many laughs, especially you trying to teach us older ones how to sing and had to give up due to the deep voices and of course we couldnt carry a tune. I know you are in a better place and are truly at peace singing with all of the other angels, but I am being selfish when I say I wish we could have had more time together. You were the light and spirit of our family and will be truly missed forever by all. I hope it gets easier as the years go by with you not being with us but this has been the worst year of my life with losing my baby brother and friend. We have had new life since you were taken, Camryn Marie is Donnie and Aimees new baby girl and in July Shannon and Archie will be blessing us with a new grandson. I know you can see how well your kids (cats) are being taken care of. They fit right in with Wilma and her family. Make sure you give mom and dad a hug for all of us and make sure they are getting along. The things you do for yourself die with you, the things you do for others live on forever. I heard this last night and this really describes you perfectly. Your life will always be remembered for the man you were and the many lives that were blessed to have known you.
Your loving sisterDebbie
I have so many memories of Uncle Jimi that it has taken me this long to finally narrow them down enough to write about my favorites. These are in no specific order:
April 18th, 2009 At Mandi’s Wedding! I remember you and many others singing to the bride “The O Mandy Song” 🙂 You were great by the way!
I also remember how you helped care for David after he did a little to much partying at the wedding 🙂 You were very good with him. I thank you for that!
Another memory I treasure, is you helping push start Dave’s motorcycle with everyone. You slipping on some grass in the driveway and falling down. May I say very Gracefully since you did some type of weird worm dance on the cement. Glad you were ok!
At the Maison’s house after Lloyd got his new truck everyone was outside trying to remove some bushes from the front grass and it was your idea to use the truck to pull them right out! Your idea worked and it was very manly/redneck 🙂 It was definitely interesting!
I will also never forget the day you found Mori in your bush and called Wilma panicking! So we came out there with everything you’d need to care for him. Then we found Mali and Michelle 🙂 You were such a great dad to them!
Another memory of mine is when Uncle Jimi took all his sisters down to Tennessee to surprise Aunt Barb for her birthday! My Grandma died during their trip and he made sure to call me and tell me he was sorry for my loss and was thinking about me. Which meant more then he could ever know!
Even after all these memories I still have one favorite! Its not a memory but more like a category of memories! Anything to do with Wilma and Lloyd’s 25th Anniversary Party tops it for me! I remember how when Uncle Jimi would be at karate we’d be discussing plans for the party. I remember how he’d give us advice and ideas on the planning. I remember how everyone had to keep so hush hush about it which was hard for him as well as us. I remember when it came down to him giving us his donation to the party it was like we were performing a secret mission.
He came over one day randomly to visit Wilma (so she thought) and was actually trying to give me his money. However she never left the room long enough for him to give it to me. So he went to the bathroom before his ride home. Then he left. I kept thinking oh crap we don’t have his part! Then I get a phone call from him saying to go in the bathroom, to look above the toilet in the towel closet and find an envelope with the money in it. It was seriously the funniest thing ever.
I also remember the day of the party March 29, 2008 Uncle Jimi had such a blast. He was like a little kid enjoying himself with everyone. Dancing the whole night away. It was a joy to see! I also remember that one of the first and last pictures of the night are of Uncle Jimi with Wilma and Lloyd 🙂
All of these memories are very dear to me! So I just want to say Thank You Uncle Jimi for letting me have so many memories with you!
For those of you who don’t know me I am willie & aj’s son Davids girlfriend. I have been in this family for awhile now and Uncle Jimi was someone very dear to me.
I remember May 10th, 2009 Mothers Day like it was YESTERDAY! I remember that wilma, lloyd and uncle jimi were gone for what it seemed like all day! I remember waiting for them to decide on what we were all doing for dinner. I remember that we ordered Apple Annies which happened a lot. I even remember what Uncle Jimi Ordered. He ordered an italian chicken dinner that came with a boiled egg, a tomato and what ever side he wanted that day which I think was salad. I remember that I was studying for a final I had the next day while dave was getting ready to go out since he was laid off that week. I remember all of us watching the Wings game on tv. I remember that we won 4 to 1. I remember us cheering. I remember uncle jimi laying on the love seat all wrapped up in a blanket semi falling asleep which he did often. I remember daves friend ryan coming to get dave. I remember finishing up my studying and leaving. I remember NOT SAYING GOODBYE and NOT HUGGING Uncle Jimi! Which I sure do regret everyday! I remember it all like it just happened because it truly does feel like it just did. It still doesn’t feel real to me. I don’t think it ever will. It feels like hes on another one of his long vacations. Like he will be back soon. Like he will come over and tell us how much fun he had, show us pictures, bring us cheesy gifts, eat dinner and dairy queen with us and hang out like we all did every sunday together. I can’t believe tomorrow will be a year since he was taken from us. I can’t believe how much hes missed in that year. However, I know he is still with us. I can feel him around and I see things happen that I know are his doing. Therefore, I am grateful for that! I am grateful for knowing him the 6 years I did. I am grateful for seeing him one last time! I am grateful knowing that he loved me!
Love you ALWAYS Uncle Jimi!
I can’t remember why or how you got the nickname of Jim Bow but it seems like that was your name for years until you decided to become Jimi. I think Jimi suited your personality better. Today is Barbara’s 50th birthday and I know that you are singing Happy Birthday to her. I made sure I sent her an agenda of her day if we could have been with her. You truly were the best brother anyone could have asked for. On Sunday you would have been 47 years old. I am sick at heart to know that you are not here to celebrate it with Wilma and AJ probably taking long rides on your motorcycles. I love you and miss you from the bottom of my heart. Give mom and dad a big hug for us.
This is the ad that appears in the Oakland Press today. (Sunday May 9th 2010)
This is a message from Dee.
Hi folks, how are you?
I have had some Masses said for Jim in May, June and August.
Tuesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm – is one for the anniversary of his passing.
Tuesday, June 15th at 6:00 pm – is as close to his birthday as I could get.
And Sunday, August 29th at 10:00 am. If you can come to this one maybe we can go out for breakfast afterwards. Just a thought.
I hope you can make one or more of these Masses. Father Rick said we could sing whatever we want, so I’ll pick one or more of Jim’s favorites,
We seem to have a renewed interest in this site based on the number of new users signing up in the past 30 days or so and for that I say thank you and welcome!
Please write a story to share and together we will keep Jimi’s memory alive!
This is a personal account and I’ll incorporate the facts from the police reports the best that I can. I may get corrected by my wife, kids or Jimi’s siblings too.
If my memory serves me right Jimi called and asked what we were doing for the day, Then he said he was going to cut the grass and things around his house and he’s be out later in the morning. He arrived at our house and after he wished his sister a happy mothers day he informed her that we were going to go to the cemetery to visit Mom’s grave and to lay flowers. Willie said that she didn’t want to go but, Jimi told her that she didn’t have a choice (as only Jimi could). So off we went to the cemetery, from there Jimi and Willie decided to go to the “Old” neighborhood and drive by the house that they grew up in. We did, and Jimi noticed that one of the neighbors was home and suggested that we stop in and say hello, again Willie said “No” lets just go home. So we turned around and went to visit the neighbor (Mr. & Mrs Troe) because Jimi said it’s a good idea. After our visit we got back in Jimi’s car and headed for home (Jimi’s low fuel light came on and the warning bell sounded on the ride home), once home I ordered carry-out from a little restaurant close to home and Jimi and I went and picked up dinner. After dinner I think we watched the television and just chatted, we may have even sent one of the kids out for Dairy Queen too. Jimi left our house at around 11:30 or so and that was the last time we saw him alive…….
The next chain of events will be based on things that we know as facts discovered through the process of police reports, bank statements and confessions of the two that caused this tragedy
Jimi stopped at a gas station on Warren Ave. just off of the I-94 expressway and put gas in his car (the low fuel light had come on while we were out during the day). We know this because of the bank statement. (he used his debit card) From the gas station he went west on Warren (we don’t know why) and he drove past the Southfield freeway (we don’t know definitively why). He drove to the parking lot of the funeral home at the corner of West Warren and Artesian (the parking lot is on the South West corner). He was exiting the parking lot (the car was pointed East) when Randy and Calvin walked up on the drivers side, Randy tried to open the drivers door and found it to be locked. He didn’t say anything to Jimi he just fired two shots through the drivers window. Jimi sped off across Artesian and into another parking lot, past the funeral home and hit a parked car behind the bar next to the funeral home……
This is a civilian witness account and I’ll generalize and not use their exact words:
I had left the Adam’s Apple bar and was exiting the parking lot onto Artesian. I noticed a SUV in the parking lot across Artesian and there were two people standing next to the SUV, one at the drivers door and the other standing behind him. I turned right onto Artesian and pulled up to a red light at W. Warren. I heard what sounded like two gunshots, I turned to look toward the SUV and the two guys were running away. I turned right and pulled back into the parking lot of the bar and saw the SUV crash into a parked car behind the bar.
I’ll continue to add facts from the police reports and so fourth as I read through the thousands of pages of documents this has generated. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask…… firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the “Kick in the pants Mr. Blandford, I’ll get back to writing soon.
To Be Continued…………..
Again folks I do apologize for my lack of writing, It’s really difficult to do. It’s not that I don’t want to write it’s just that every time I sit down to do it I have to read through more of the reports and that’s just harder than I could have imagined. So if someone has a pleasant story please write it!
Thanks Sargent Garza for the great pictures!
These were taken in a conference room at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and out front as well. This was when the family and friends that were there in court got to meet and say Thank You to the Detroit Police officers that were there and did their job at what we believe was an exceptional level! When I say Police officers I am also referring to our new found friend and family Hero! Recon the four legged officer that did his job in finding the two murderers in short order!
If I knew all the names of all of the officers I would post them here so that the world would know that we appreciate everything they do!
Click on the links and not the pictures…..