SALE, James Lee Jr. "Jimmy" 80, was called home by his Lord and Savior on May 19, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born in Jacksonville, FL on July 28, 1940 and soon moved to Tampa, FL. Jimmy attended local schools and played on the baseball team at H.B. Plant High School where he graduated in the landmark class of 1958. He attended FSU where he was a member of ATO Fraternity before joining the Marine Corps in 1962 and continued in the Reserves until 1967. He was a member of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Merrymakers Club. He operated #1 Davis Boulevard's parking garage for years and then joined the Ferman Motor Car Company where he served in several positions and locations until his retirement. He was an active and dedicated member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church where he served as an usher for numerous years. Jimmy enjoyed the outdoors, boating, fishing, looking for shark teeth, watching boxing and golf, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Descended from the pioneer Spencer family, who came to Florida in 1845, he was predeceased by his parents, James Lee Sale, Sr. and Virginia Spencer Sale; and his sister, Mary Virginia Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Dianne Sale; sons, James Lee Sale III and Joseph Michael Sale. Along with his five grandchildren, Coleman, Fischer, Marlo (Cale), Roman and Ramzi. His nieces Ginger Proctor (Brian) and Mary Win Proudfoot (Bob) and several great-nieces and nephews. He loved many other relatives and friends including the Ferman family and lifetime friend, Fred Frankland. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 11:30 am at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt Street in Tampa with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hyde Park United Methodist Church or Metropolitan Ministries. The family is very grateful and would like to thank Hospice for their care and our neighbors who have been very supportive during this difficult time. www.blountcurrymacdill.com
Published by Tampa Bay Times from May 30 to May 31, 2021.