James Quintin Roop Jr. 63, of Oxford, Fla., passed away March 10, 2013, at his home. Jimmy was born on April 6, 1949, in Wildwood, to his parents James Q. Sr. and Bobbie P. Roop. A lifelong resident of Florida, "Jim Quin," as he was known by his listening audience, was employed with C.B.S. Radio as an "On-Air" personality, programmer and producer for over 30 years. Prior to his days in radio, he served as a deputy sheriff for Sumter County, where, having been wounded in the defense of law and order, was awarded the Purple Heart for his willingness to give his life for the people of Sumter County. After retiring from radio, he returned to law enforcement as a private detective. His interests included music and songwriting, gardening and making his own hot sauce. He was truly a loving father and a devoted son. He is survived by his sons, James Q. Roop III of Duluth, Ga., Ashley Roop of Atlanta, Ga., and Joshua Roop of Tarpon Springs; mother, Bobbie Roop of Oxford; two brothers, Mitchell and Kenneth; two sisters, Terry and Priscilla. A memorial service was Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Wildwood United Methodist Church in Wildwood. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Jim Roop Jr.'s name to the Florida Sheriff's Association Memorial at P.O. Box 1251, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
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Published in Sumter County Times on Mar. 21, 2013