Died at his home on July 17 2021 after a battle with cancer with family members by his side. He was born in Spartanburg, SC on December 2, 1941 to Richard Coleman Carlisle and Margaret Davis Carlisle. He grew up in Lyman, South Carolina, where he attended James F. Byrnes High School. In school he was a letterman athlete of 3 sports and away from school he was a Boy Scout, achieving Eagle Scout status. Jim graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Jim married the love of his life Joann Fitts Carlisle in Spartanburg, South Carolina on July 11, 1964. Their marriage lasted 57 beautiful years until his death. Jim and Joann had 2 children, Richard Christopher Carlisle and James Chadwick Carlisle. Jim and his family lived in Columbia, SC, Coral Springs, FL, Maryville, Tennessee, and Cumming, GA. After 20 years in various sales and business development roles, Jim opened two residential construction businesses which he operated until his retirement in 2015.
Jim enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening, all types of music, snow skiing, world maps, his two grandchildren, and live sporting events. He spent his later years actively supporting the Atlanta Falcons at home and away. Jim was kind to everyone he met and greeted everyone with an unmistakable smile that reflected his positivity. The only thing bigger than his smile was his heart.
Jim is survived by his wife Joann of Cumming, his son Chris of Cumming, his son Chad and his stepdaughter Susan and his grandsons Christopher Davis Carlisle and James Maximilian Carlisle, all of Atlanta. A celebration of life is planned for July 25, 2021 with friends and family.
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, GA in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.