Dr. James FLEMING
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FLEMING, Dr. JamesAge 79. Died on Thursday, August 17, 2012. Born on April 3, 1933, to Margaret Thomas Fleming and James Howard Fleming in Spartanburg, SC, Jim graduated from high school in Greenwood, MS then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 1955, where he played varsity baseball and was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity. He graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1958 and did his internship and General Surgery Residency there from 1958-1963. After completing a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, he entered private practice in Nashville in 1965. Here, he served as an active staff member of Vanderbilt, St. Thomas, Baptist, and Centennial hospitals and co-founded Plastic Surgery Affiliates with Dr. Kirkland Todd. In 1972, he was a founder and owner of West Side Hospital, where he was Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board. In 1992, he became certified in addiction medicine, co-founded the Center for Professional Excellence, a pioneer in helping health care professionals overcome addiction. There, he served as Medical Director until 2006 and remained active in the addiction community. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Cumberland Heights at the time of his death. His friendship with Father Charles Strobel led Fleming to join the Board of Directors at Room In The Inn, where he helped develop the Odyssey Program to guide chronically homeless individuals through the process of reestablishing stable and productive lives. He has served there as board president since 2004. An instrument-rated pilot, Fleming co-founded the Nashville Jet Center. He was an enthusiastic golfer at Belle Meade Country Club and a loyal supporter of Vanderbilt baseball. He also was active at both First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, and at Woodmont Christian Church. Since 1968, he was a member of Nashville's Downtown Rotary Club. Jim leaves behind his wife, Jane Hill Fleming, and daughters Janetta Fleming and Catherine (Austin) Davis of Nashville and daughter Karen (Bill) Traina of Wrightsville Beach, NC; grandchildren, Anna Spears, Nicholas and Isabel Concepcion, Daisy and Drew Davis. He also leaves behind two sisters, Mitzie Trotter (Columbia, SC) and Nancy Strickland (Savannah, GA), and nephew, Chip (Ann) Strickland and nieces, Margaret (Ed) Williamson, Libby (Thomas) Brown and Lynn (David) Adams; as well as great-nephews, Ben and David Strickland and Thomas Brown and great-nieces, Bennett and Margaret Brown and Kelly and Bailey Adams; and his companion, Lily. Jim's many life-long friendships brought him great joy. Gifts may be made to Room In The Inn, P.O. Box 25309, Nashville, TN 37202, or to Cumberland Heights, P.O. Box 90727, Nashville, TN 37209. Visitation is Monday, August 20th, 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday, August 21st, 10-11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Courtenay Hall, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.


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Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 19, 2012.
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September 19, 2012
Jane, I have known Jimmy since we were 14 years old in Hattiesburg, Ms. He was our neighbor and a wonderful friend of all my brothers. He was at our house almost every day and I loved him like a brother. We moved to Greenwood,Ms. and so did he. He and I sat by each other at GHS graduation. I met you at our high school reunion a few years ago - I believe in Hattiesburg. You were newly weds and he was so happy. I was heart broken to hear of his death. He was one of my favorite people I've ever known.
I send my love and condolences.
Jean Pittman Williams.
September 7, 2012
I meet Dr Fleming through the Room in the Inn Odyssey Program.He was instrumental in my staying sober for two years now. Thanks to the family for allowing him to serve his Savior.
September 7, 2012
Dr.Fleming was a fine person and it was a pleasure to have known him personally.
Mark Swenor
August 27, 2012
I had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Fleming through his work with the Tennessee Medical Foundation. He gave of his time through voluntary service on our Physicians' Health Peer Review Committee. His love and support for his fellow physicians was genuine and always present. I will miss his warm and ready smile.
Jeanne Breard
August 24, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear the news of Dr. Fleming's death. I worked with him for many years at West Side Hospital. He was a joyous person with a ready smile and a joke or two.
Mary Varble, RN
August 24, 2012
I have very fond memories of Dr Fleming working with him at West Side OR and knowing him through the years. He was a kind and generous man. I will miss him. Rest in Peace
Wanda Milby,RN
August 23, 2012
Jane, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never met your husband,his contributions to his community and fellow man will long be remembered.
Joe Crudo
August 21, 2012
Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know you and Jim through the design of your house. I also loved finding out that he had a previous close friendship with my Dad. He always reminded me of my own Dad (Tom Lester) who is one of the best storytellers on earth. Jim will be missed, he was such a warm person.
Kris Wiseman
August 21, 2012
Jane, I am saddened to hear about Jim's death. What a wonderful and gifted man, a true professional who will be sorely missed by many people.
Frank Pezzolla
August 21, 2012
Jim was my husband's, Joe Luttrell, best man at our wedding in 1981 and a cherished friend to both of us. His heart was big as all outdoors and he loved life - his family, his friends, his co-workers, and people in general. His contributions to my life as a supportive friend and to so many others will live on in our hearts. I have faith that he and Joe are having a big heavenly reunion. Love to all the family and my sincerest sympathies. He will be missed by so many.
Wanda Webb
August 21, 2012
Dr. Fleming you were a great teacher and mentor. Thanks for all the little talks we had concerning "The Odyssey Program". You will truly be missed and loved. Sheila DeBerry
Sheila DeBerry
August 21, 2012
Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. One of the best trips to Nashville was with your sweet Jim when he road along with me and my Korean friend. He was a gentle kind soul and I know he will be sorely missed. Jo Snodderly Frazier
Jo Frazier
August 20, 2012
Jim and I worked together at Nashville Jet Center. He became a special friend and I enjoyed working with him very much. He will be greatly missed by all.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family at this sad time.
Danny Arnold
August 20, 2012
As an employee of Nashville Jet center, I had the pleasure of knowing Dr Jim. His big smile, and laugh was infectious. He was a wonderful man, and friend.
My prayers and thoughts are with each of you during this time.
Dee Groves
August 19, 2012
Flem, as my dad would call him, had known Jim their since college days. I called him Jim because Dr. Fleming seemed to formal. I would see Jim mostly at the Vandy baseball games where he always asked how I was doing. He had a real and sincere tone about him, always taking the time to chat with me. He was as kind and generous a person as I knew .
You will be missed Jim. We will keep your seat at the baseball game open next year in rememberance of you.
Thoughts and prayers for Jane, Janetta, Catherine, Karen, and their families.
I hope Max has shown you around your new home. RIP
Johnny Nance
August 19, 2012
I knew Jim Fleming from the Fentress Bible Study Group at Woodmont Christian. His comments on the study lessons were always sharp, in all meanings of that word. I will miss him. Frank Freemon
Frank Freemon
August 19, 2012
Dr. Fleming will always have a special place in my heart. In 1967. 1969, 1970 and 1986, he performed surgery on my son, Keith, for cleft lip and cleft palate repair. He did a beautiful job. In my eyes, Dr. Fleming was the best plastic surgeon on the planet. Sending my regrets and BLESSINGS to the family.
----Helen Gannon Donelson, Tn.
August 19, 2012
The world has lost a wonderful man, I'm so sorry for his family. I was one of his 1st patients as a child. In 1966 I caught 3 fingers in a washing machine. He was able to save part of each one. I had many surgeries over the years with him, as an adult I worked for SmithKline Lab as a courier & was lucky to have his office on my route there for I was able to see him several days a week. His office staff at the time had no knowledge of our long history until he called me "CRY BABY" one day. At that time he throughly enjoyed telling them all the story of our years together, and yes I was a "Cry Baby" then & today. I was fortunate enough to attend his retirement party from Plactic Surgery. I will treasure the times I spent with him always as well as letters & notes he sent me over the years. May God bless & keep you all at this sad time in all our lives.
Alisa Biggs
August 19, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Fleming many times in the same hospital's as he did in surgery. He was a wonderful man & did some of the most beautiful plastic surgery of surgeons I worked with. Blessed be the family that had him all these years.
Sandra Chilton
August 19, 2012
Thinking of you...The Farrar Family of Dandridge, TN
Jack Farrar
August 19, 2012
I have many wonderfull memories of this man and his infectious laughter,oftentimes you would hear his laugh before you saw him.I am so sorry for your loss.
Pat Woodford
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