Jim Hoskins, 75, of Cleveland died at his home Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Hoskins of Nashville.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth “Gaby” Hoskins; daughter-in-law, Dean Dorsey Hoskins of Nashville; two daughters: Jami Moss Wise of Atlanta and Jennifer Moss Cleveland of Nashville, and their husbands: Fred Wise and Albert Cleveland. The joys of his life were his three granddaughters: Dorsey Kate Hoskins, Hattie McAndrew Hoskins and Grace Elizabeth Cleveland, all of Nashville.
He graduated from Baylor in 1957. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He was a member of the Cleveland Jaycees and past president of the Cleveland Board of Realtors in the late 1970s. He was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.
He was the son of Carl J. Hoskins and Hazel Hambright Hoskins. He was born in Middlesboro, Ky, and grew up in Harlan, Ky. until 1950, when the family moved to Cleveland to be closer to his mother’s family.
He maintained close friendships from his childhood and regularly met with a group from his kindergarten class.
He was the president of Southern Housing Management, a property management company he started with his father in the early 1970s. Together they developed several properties in Cleveland and the company now manages properties in Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. With Eddie Botts, he also founded Hoskins and Botts Realty.
He was an avid collector and painter of toy soldiers and regularly participated in shows nationwide. He enjoyed many close friendships with other collectors, who will remember him for his wry sense of humor, his attention to detail and his appreciation of a good story.
He owned antique MGs through the years, which he took to shows throughout the South.
His family cherished him for his love, his loyalty, his fried chicken, his bow ties, his gifts for drawing and writing and his memorable birthday cards.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at noon Monday, April 21, 2014, at the North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Fred Wise of Atlanta officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hilcrest Cemetery with Eddie Botts, Albert Cleveland, Hubert Conley, Steve Keown, Landon Meier, and Joe Stamper serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service time at the funeral home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 501 Flint Springs Road, Cleveland TN., 37323 or The Caring Place, 130 Wildwood Ave., Cleveland TN., 37311.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with Jim’s family by going to http://www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com/.