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Lanier’s James Tuman Dies at 65

He spent 32 years with Lanier Clothes in a number of key positions, including the company’s first expatriate employee.

Services will be held Saturday in Fairburn, Ga., for James Tuman 3rd, retired president of Lanier Clothes, a division of Oxford Industries.

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Tuman, 65, died June 20 following a long battle with lung cancer.

He spent 32 years with Lanier Clothes in a number of key positions, including the company’s first expatriate employee, where, in 1988, he served as general manager of operations in Mérida, Mexico. He became vice president of manufacturing in 1995 and in 2006 was elevated to president, a position he retained until he retired in 2010.

According to Oxford, Tuman’s “keen business acumen, exceptional leadership and tireless dedication to the company and its employees and customers were constants. Jim was a devoted man; devoted to his wife, sons, family, friends and company. Jim was a compassionate man who lived to serve others and didn’t rest until he knew their needs were met. Jim was a servant leader throughout his life and career. He taught his sons and grandsons that one measure of a man is how he treats other people.”

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons Peter Hogan and James Tuman 4th; his mother, Virginia and stepfather Bryan Lash; a sister; stepsister, and two grandchildren.

A celebration of Tuman’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn, Ga. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until the service. There is also an online guest book at parrottfuneralhome.com.