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James (Jimmy) Bartnicki Jr, age 43 passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 9, 2021.
Jimmy was born on January 31, 1978, in Ohio. Being brought up in a Cleveland Browns loving home made him the #1 Cleveland Browns fan. If you ever talked football with Jimmy you would learn “Pittsburgh sucks” and Cleveland Browns are number #1. His love of the game didn’t stop with just watching the game, but grew into a full room of Browns collectibles and memorabilia that he enjoyed showing off to everyone that came into his house. He loved watching the game every Sunday dressed from head to toe in all orange and brown.
Jimmy was the youngest of three children. Even though he was the baby brother he was the protector and best friend of his sisters. He enjoyed reminiscing about their younger years, sharing recipes, and joking around. He remembered everything and enjoyed picking on them endlessly. Over time, on and off they spent years working and living together making their bonds unbreakable. He was just as proud of their kid’s accomplishments as if they were his own, he loved them all the same.
Jimmy (Fye) was a lover of music and briefly wrote, rapped, and recorded songs with his brothers-in-law and children. Those lyrics are still brought up today while we pick on the kids. He always wanted to include his kids, nieces, and nephews in all of his memories. Jimmy married his wife Christy in 2012. They blended two families together and made it into one, but in Jimmy’s eyes, all five kids are his. He always made sure that all the kids in the family knew how much he loved them, so he picked on them all the time and equally. He loved spending time with the entire family, if it were up to him we’d be going on vacation, swimming, to six flags, fishing, or pokemon hunting every weekend. Jimmy’s love for family gatherings made his house the hub for the holiday parties. He loved to cook, especially when it came to grilling or smoking all and any meat. This earned him the grill master title in our family. He enjoyed having everyone try new sauces and jams and would enjoy sharing all his new flavors with ANYONE that walked through his doors.
Jimmy worked in the freight forwarding industry for 20 years. Started with a forklift job at Hartsfield warehouse where he met his wife Christy and finished at EmoTrans where he worked for the last 5 years. He was known around the industry for his loyalty, dependability, hard work, and his ability to bring a smile to every face that came by him even when you were having a bad day. Jimmy was a jokester and loved picking on his fellow coworkers. He was more than just an employee; he became family to so many because of his kind heart.
Jimmy filled so many people’s lives with love, laughter, and amazing memories. He showcased his life with the tattoos he had all over his body. Jimmy never met a stranger and just know, if he considered you a friend that meant you were family and he would do anything for you. Jimmy will be remembered as a wonderful son, the best brother, a loving husband, a proud father, an adoring grandpop, a generous uncle, and a loyal friend.
Preceded in death by his father James Bartnicki Sr (Jim) and his Grandparents. He is survived by his wife Christy Banks Bartnicki, their five children, and his first grandchild: Megan (Ryan), Kalicia (Tae), James III (Trey), Justin, Kennadie, and Deon (grandbaby). His mother Debbie McGrath and mother-in-law Brenda Banks. His sisters Heather Holmes and Hollie Tucker. His nephews and nieces: Khyri (Lucia), Brianna, Grant, Brooke, Jackson, Emily Jean, and Iliana. Along with an endless amount of cousins, family, and friends.
A memorial service will be held from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at New Salem Baptist Church, 57 Bicycle Road, Griffin, GA 30223.
The Bartnicki family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 W, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.