James Thomas Brimer
1940 - 2018
James (Jimmy) Thomas Brimer

Knoxville, TN

James (Jimmy) Thomas Brimer, born September 24, 1940, peacefully passed away June 4, 2018 at his home in Knoxville. Known as a true southern gentleman, Jimmy was an extremely gifted musician. He was retired from UT where he served as musical director and later house manager in the Theatre Department at the Clarence Brown and Carousel Theatres and at UT's Hunter Hills Theatre in Gatlinburg. While there, and with other community theatre companies, he delighted audiences, inspired performers, and mentored students for over 40 years in musical theatre productions. A quiet man with a sparkling wit, his influence can be seen in the many students and colleagues he trained and encouraged throughout his life. His talents were also enjoyed in Knoxville churches where he served as church organist in many congregations, most recently at First Church of Christ, Scientist.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harrison and Grace Edmunds Brimer and sister Ina Ruth Bounds. He is survived by his partner of 29 years James Newburn; brother Ronny Brimer; nephew Bobby Bounds (Lynda); nieces Nancy Rutherford (Dave), Rhonda Trupovnieks (Jani) and Susan Brimer. Great-nephews Rob, Curt (Allyson), and Drew Rutherford; great-nieces Leigh Anne McPherson (Russ), Melinda Spisso (David), Lauren and Logan Trupovnieks, Madison Evans; several great-grand nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm Friday, June 8 at St. John's Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, with interment preceding the service and reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the James Brimer Scholarship in Musical Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Send checks payable to UT Foundation, Attn: Andrew Sheehy, 137 Alumni Memorial Bldg, 1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. On the memo line: BRIME_J02, IMO Jimmy Brimer
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Jun. 6 to Jun. 8, 2018.
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Funeral service
St. John's Cathedral
413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN
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The Beautiful music we made together, both on & off the stage, will live in my heart Forever. I Love you, Jimmy.
Kathleen b Blackman
August 18, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing.
Thoughts and prayers going out to you and his family.

Karen Windham
June 11, 2018
Oh my this just breaks my heart! Jimmy was a masterful musician and a kind, loving, giving person. He could make a grand piano sound like an orchestra and was the most wonderful accompanist! Sing out Louise! Love and prayers for James and for Jimmy's family.
Denise Williams
June 8, 2018
Oh, no, James. I am so incredibly sorry. What a remarkable man and what a great legacy. My heart goes out to you as you grieve his loss. Know that this community grieves with you, deeply. May the memories of your beautiful life together bring you comfort. My love to you.
Connie Wallace
June 8, 2018
James, my thoughts are with you every day. Thank you for sharing Jimmy with all of us. You loved him and so did thousands of others. I am not going to be able to get to Knoxville for the service, but I am going to be with some UT theatre friends in New York that evening and we are going to raise a glass to Jimmy. Much love and sympathy to you during this time.
Kim Midkiff
June 7, 2018
James, the news of Jimmy's passing is heartbreaking. Meeting him was a delight and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to know this kind, gentle and witty man. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

Janice Crockett
June 6, 2018
Jimmy and James came to my home and got rid of the fire ants that had been attacking me. I will always be grateful for their kindness.Jimmy will be missed. I am so very sorry . Jimmy and James are both in my thoughts and prayers
Genia Vookles
June 6, 2018
Jimmy and James came to my house and got rid of the fire ants which had been attacking me. I will always be grateful for their kindness. Jimmy will be missed.
I am so sorry . Jimmy and James are both in my thoughts and prayers.
Genia Vookles
June 6, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Jimmy in a musical at Clarence Brown Theatre. I will always remember his talent, sweetness and encouragement. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.
Leah Cox
June 6, 2018
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss, sounds like he was an amazing person. It will be so hard for you to move forward but we are praying for you....Take care. Tami Cobb aka Hatfield & family
Tami Cobb
June 6, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. He had so many friends and talents that will surely be missed. Met him in 1967 when joining the Holiday On Ice tour. He saved us on many occasions when the sound went off and then we skated to his beautiful piano playing! The show would always go on thanks to him!
Linda Adams Garl
June 6, 2018
Dear James and family of Jimmy,
I am so very sorry to learn of our loss of Jimmy! He is someone whom I greatly admired and loved for many years, beginning with our association in the UT Music department, where Jimmy accompanied my senior recital. Later, he coached me on learning the role of Gretel for the KOC. Over the years, our paths crossed musically many times.

Jimmy was so modest with his immense talent, and so kind to others. Knoxville was better in so many ways because of him. He will be greatly missed.

Please know that I am among many who really loved that wonderful man.
Elizabeth Farr
June 6, 2018
James, We are very sorry for your loss.
Joe & Jenny Beeler
June 6, 2018
So sorry to learn this James. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Trigiano
June 6, 2018
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