Martinez, GA – Entered into rest on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Mr. James F. West, Jr., 74, loving husband of Mrs. Connie Prescott West.
James was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He retired after 35 years in Economic Development and Association Management, serving in Columbus, Georgia, Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati and Augusta, Georgia. He became the First President of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, which he established to serve Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties in Kentucky. During his tenure of 11 years there, Tri-ED was named the top US economic development organization for three years. He also formulated a state-wide, local option license fee on rental cars to fund the operations of local development organizations. He received many awards in his professional life and was named to Outstanding Young Men of America, early in his career. In retirement he offered free classes on basic computer skills to area residents through a ministry of First Baptist Church of Augusta. He also provided in-home computer maintenance services for the elderly and shut-ins.
Family members in addition to his wife of 50 years include his daughter: Mary Kelly West Smith (Brian); grandchildren: Jasper and Vivian Smith (Brentwood, TN); and sister: Judy Jacobs (Venice, FL). He is preceded in death by his parents: Beth Powell West and James F. West, Sr.
Mr. West’s family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses who cared for him throughout his short battle with cancer.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta, GA. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of your choice.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at