James Sanford Rosser


James Sanford Rosser of Cumming passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in his home, surrounded by family and friends who loved him. Jim was born and raised in Miami, Fla., the son of Hugh Rosser and Eunisee Agnew Rosser.
He served four years in the National Guard and four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He was aide to General Patrick Timberlake at the air proving ground at Eglin AFB in Florida. He also served in the command unit of Col. Paul Tibbits as airborne and ground electronics specialist. He was a proud man, proud of his country, his family and the many friends he made throughout his life.
In 1955, he became the youngest real estate broker in Miami, and began a career that would cover the southeastern U.S., representing the largest restaurant and shopping center clients in the industry. His expertise and timing were evidenced by his successful development of over 200 Royal Castle restaurants and over 100 shopping centers in the southeast. He also represented a number of major grocery store chains including Publix, Winn Dixie and Grand Union and major retailers such as Kmart and Eckerd Drugs giving each of them predominance in Florida and Georgia. He eventually became the successful developer of many commercial locations, building a reputation for targeting and packaging ventures that were highly successful.
Jim was an active member of First Redeemer Church of Cumming. He loved fishing and boating and was an accomplished guide for the many who had wonderful and productive fishing expeditions all over the coast of Florida.
He was blessed with a gift for friendship. He genuinely loved people and took advantage of every opportunity to talk with them and make them his friend. He had the ability to maintain these friendships over his entire life. He loved the entire extended Rosser family, frequently visiting and calling regardless of how far away. He knew and loved every member and by his persistence kept them all connected to each other. He particularly loved the time he spent with his beloved grandkids.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Murphy and Marion Murphy; and two brothers, Hugh Rosser and Bill Rosser.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Myra; their son, Keith and wife Laura; his two sons, Bill Rosser of Acworth, Robert Rosser of Miami; daughter Carolyn Dunklin of Indiana; and his brother, Paul Rosser of Atlanta. He was blessed with seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews and their families.
The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Forsyth Special Olympics, 1120 Dahlonega Hwy., Cumming, GA 30040 or to First Redeemer Church, 2100 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, GA 30041.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, 2009