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1932 James 2023

James Frisina, Jr.

October 3, 1932 — November 4, 2023

Diamondhead

James 'Jim' Frisina Jr, late of Diamondhead, MS.  Passed away suddenly after a brief illness, in Pensacola, FL, on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the age of 91.

Jim, has left an indelible mark on the communities he was a part of. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Throughout his life, he contributed greatly to the world of business and brought entertainment and joy to countless individuals. Today, we celebrate his remarkable journey and bid farewell to a truly extraordinary individual.

Born on October 4, 1932, in Taylorville, IL, James Frisina Jr was welcomed into the loving arms of his parents James Frisina Sr. and Helen "Lucille" (nee Zeigler) Frisina. From an early age, it was evident that Jim possessed immense talent and ambition. As a student at Taylorville High School, Jim excelled academically and was named valedictorian of his class in 1949. He also stood out on the basketball court, showcasing his athleticism and competitive spirit.

After graduating from high school, Jim continued his education journey at Northwestern University before ultimately earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana. Armed with knowledge and determination, he embarked on a career that would shape not only his own life but the lives of many others.

Together with his family, Jim owned and operated Frisina Enterprises — a chain of cinematic theaters located in the Taylorville, IL, and Springfield, IL area. His commitment to providing quality entertainment experiences resonated with moviegoers who frequented these establishments. The theaters became cherished gathering places for friends and families to come together and enjoy unforgettable moments.

Later in life, Jim transitioned to a new chapter by accepting a plant manager position at Bunnomatic in Cretson, Iowa. With characteristic dedication and leadership skills honed over the years as an entrepreneur, he made significant contributions to the company's success.

Aside from his professional achievements, Jim held a special place in his heart for his country. He served as a proud veteran of the United States Navy, valiantly dedicating himself to the defense and protection of his fellow citizens. His service and sacrifice epitomize the highest ideals of patriotism.

Beyond his professional and military endeavors, Jim had a multitude of passions that brought immense joy into his life. A lover of jazz music, he taught himself to play both the piano and banjo, gracing friends and family with beautiful melodies. He also found solace in the great outdoors, indulging in hobbies such as hunting and golfing. These pursuits allowed him to connect with nature while embracing moments of tranquility.

Furthermore, Jim's vibrant spirit shone through his involvement in various social activities. Alongside his beloved wife Marcia L. (nee Tanner) Frisina, they were crowned King and Queen of Krewe of Boaters and Krewe of Diamondhead — an honor that highlighted their captivating personalities and ability to bring people together.

Jim's infectious energy and zest for life extended beyond his immediate family circle. He was predeceased by his parents James Frisina Sr. and Helen Frisina, as well as his brother Robert Frisina. Their memories will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved them.

Left to cherish Jim's memory are his loving wife of 48 years Marcia L. (nee Tanner) Frisina, his son James Clark (Lee) Frisina, daughter Kelly (Dennis) Frisina-Bland, daughter Kate Frisina (Jack) White, daughter Beth (David) Lee, grandchildren Danielle Lee, Josh Lee, Luke Frisina, Jacqueline Frisina, Polly Bland, Max White, Duke White, great-grandchildren Ellie Frisina, Chloe Lee, Nora Lee, and the adored family pets Minnie and Pearl.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  

Jim's charismatic presence will be greatly missed but remembered with love by several nieces and nephews, as well as a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who were fortunate to have known him. His unwavering kindness, generosity, and spirit of adventure left an enduring impact on everyone he encountered.

Today, we say goodbye to James Frisina Jr., a man whose remarkable journey touched the lives of many. As we mourn his passing, let us remember the joy he brought to our lives, the memories we shared, and the lessons he taught us through his unwavering dedication to family, work, and community. May his soul find eternal peace while his spirit lives on in our hearts forever.

Visitation services will be held at Riemann Family Funeral Home, 9113 Kiln DeLisle Road, Pass Christian, on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 2:00 PM until the time of services at 4:00 PM, honoring Jim's extraordinary life and the legacy he leaves behind.  Inurnment to be held at a later date at Biloxi National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of South Mississippi will be appreciated.

The Riemann Family Funeral Home, in Pass Christian is proudly serving the Frisina Family.  Sign online register book, and share memories and condolences at www.riemannfamily.com 

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, November 16, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Riemann Family Funeral Home - Pass Christian

9113 Kiln Delisle Rd, Pass Christian, MS 39571

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