James Martin Weeks, Jr., 83

James Martin Weeks, Jr. (Jim) of Lakeland, FL, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, February 10.

Jim was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to James and Mellzena Weeks on August 12, 1937. He graduated from Ohio University where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and where he met his future wife of 60 years, Suzanne (Susie, Sue). Upon graduation he served as a commissioned officer in the US Army before being employed by The Brach’s Candy Company which placed him in Lakeland, FL. After promotions required his moves throughout the Southeastern US, he decided to return to his beloved Lakeland in 1972 where he became President of Ray Durdin Leasing. In 1984 he founded Avon Equipment Leasing, Inc. where he served as President until his retirement.

Jim was an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, past member of The Lakeland Rotary Club, past president of Lakeland Boys Club, past Commodore of Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and was a member of Lone Palm Golf Club and of Smyrna Yacht Club. Jim had a very active lifestyle, enjoying fly fishing, hunting, boating, tennis, golf and anything else he could do outdoors with his vast number of close friends. Jim and Sue divided their time between their homes in Lakeland, Abaco, Bahamas, and New Smyrna Beach, FL.

In addition to Sue, he is survived by his son Julian/J. J. Weeks (Stacey), of Lakeland, daughter Zena Hoskins (Jack), of Tampa, and four grandchildren, Clay, Walker, Miller and Jackson.

A funeral service with limited seating will be held at Heath Funeral Chapel, with The Reverend Reid Hensarling, Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, officiating on Monday, February 15th, at 10 A.M. Livestream will be available on Jim’s obituary page at HeathFuneralChapel.com. The link to the livestream will appear on his obituary page approximately 15 minutes before the service starts. A reception will immediately follow at The Lakeland Country Club.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Heath Funeral Chapel.