James “Jimmy” William Hackney Jr. – 62 died peacefully at his Shelbyville, KY home on the morning of August 8th, 2012.
Born in Shelbyville on November 7th, 1949, he lived a full and passionate life – sharing and ministering to thousands during his career in Kentucky State Government and most recently at Fed/Ex Kinko’s on Hurstbourne Lane in Louisville, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Colleen Lee Stratton-Hackney; son James “Jayme” William Hackney III; daughter-in-law, Angela Kay Denny-Hackney; many loving brothers and sisters, in-laws, extended family and friends too numerous to count.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Irene J. Hackney-Franklin; his father, James William Hackney Sr.; and his half brother, Robert Hackney.
Despite his death, James was victorious in his three-year battle with cancer, during which he displayed remarkable courage and unyielding concern for the needs of everyone he encountered – to the very end.
The funeral will be held at Shannon Funeral Home in Shelbyville, KY at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, 2012. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will also be at Shannon Funeral Home on Friday, August 10th from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Having survived Polio as a child, he endeavored to raise funds for multiple children’s charities throughout his life.
These include Kosair Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s and The March of Dimes.
The family respectfully asks that donations to any of these or other charities be made in his name in lieu of flowers. In this way, his concern for others will live on, returning the care and generosity he benefitted from so many years ago.
He strived to make the world a better place one person at a time and to this end he was one of the most successful men who ever lived.