James M. Tullius, age 60, passed away surrounded by his loving wife and children on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Cumming, GA after battling cancer. Formerly of Crystal Beach, FL, Jim was born in McKeesport in 1955 and grew up in Clairton.
He attended Serra Catholic High School and graduated with a BA in journalism from Penn State University. Jim began his successful career working for Busy Beaver in Pennsylvania, then to Home Depot where he was a district manager responsible for opening stores along the east coast. More recently, he was a manager of Lowe's in Clearwater, FL. When he was not working, Jim loved to spend time with his family. Sunday was his favorite day of the week, when he often prepared sauce and meatballs before watching his favorite team: the Pittsburgh Steelers. A loving husband and father, he will be dearly missed by his family. He joins his father, the late James E. Tullius, who passed away May 26, 2014. James is survived by his mother Sylvia (DeFazio) Tullius of Clairton; his wife Lisa (Barringer) Tullius of Crystal Beach, FL; son James V. Tullius of Crystal Beach, FL; daughter Rachel Tullius of Tallahassee, FL; his sisters Sr. Sylvia Ann Tullius, OSF of Millvale, Patricia M. (Andrew) West of Clairton, Anita L. (Larry) Elder of Loudon, TN, Mary B. Tullius of Clairton, and Danette M. (David) Alderson of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews Mary (Paul) Elder Formella, Shaun (Tracey) Elder, David G. (Jacquie) Alderson, Jr., Ryan Alderson, Andrew (Tara) West and Jeff (Lisa) West; great nieces and great nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10 AM in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton. Interment will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Pkwy., Johns Creek, GA 30097. Arrangements by the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025. (412-233-5700). www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published January 19, 2016.