April 10, 1939 — July 9, 2022
James Willie Brumfield, (aka Jimmy or J.W.) 83, died July 9, 2022, at his home.
A funeral service was at First Baptist Church of Terry July 13, 2022, interment in Terry Cemetery.
Brumfield was born April 10, 1939, in the Salem community of Walthall County, the son of Willie Albert Brumfield and Mary Etta Boyd Brumfield. He has been a resident of Terry since 1994.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son James Willie Brumfield, Jr., one sister Bertha Lou Moran, and four brothers: Olen, Charles, Cecil, and Houston Brumfield.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Terry. During his career, he started working at Ingalls shipyard, then continued his career with the telephone company South Central Bell (now AT&T) in 1958. He was a master electrician, spent time as a licensed real estate agent, held a general contractor license, all while continuing to work for the telephone company over a career that spanned 61 years.
Over the span of his career, he submitted numerous ideas to the company’s ideas and innovation program that were not selected as winners. Despite these failures, he continued his innovative pursuits and submissions which eventually won him a number of awards for several inventions he pioneered. One idea submitted in 1981 to the WIN Program (Winning Ideas Now), which was South Central Bell’s employee suggestion program, won the largest sum awarded at that time, $15,000. His idea corrected a problem associated with providing future Group B Network access to some of the company’s long-distance vendors. He received numerous awards for other ideas and inventions.
Jimmy’s hobbies included working and taking care of his family. In 1957 he met the love of his life, Judy Pat Sartin, and they were married.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Judy Pat Sartin Brumfield of Terry; five children: Jayme Baughtman of Terry, Julie (Bryan) Carter of Terry, Jody (Kristen) Brumfield of Terry, Jeremy (Racquel) Brumfield of Terry, and Joni (Robby) Gray of Flora; 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, his best friends of 57 years Billy (Rachel) Jones and family.
Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram was in charge of the arrangments.