James Edward "Jimmy" Marks

February 7, 1954 ~ December 29, 2020 (age 66)


James Edward “Jimmy” Marks, 66 of Gainesville passed away December 29th, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Affectionately known as Jimmy to most, he was instrumental in establishing the professional photography community in Atlanta. His interest in photography began when he was the school photographer at Grady High school. He attended Emory University in hopes of becoming an optometrist, but life would take him in a different direction.  He began selling cameras at a Flea Market on Piedmont and Lindbergh in the mid 1970’s.  This was so successful that he and his partners started a camera store known as Showcase Photographics.  In 1981, he began renting his personal equipment to customers out of his house; by 1985, he opened Professional Photographic Resources known as PPR renting and selling equipment, geared towards professional photography. The business is still going strong today.  Jimmy was a man of god, loving husband, father, granddaddy, and friend. He had a great sense of humor, always the one to tell a good joke. Jimmy was the go to person for information, and if he didn’t know the answer, he would surely find out and get right back with you.

Survivors include his loving wife; Joyce Marks; children, Jay Jackson and daughter-in-law, Erin Jackson, Jenna Young and son-in-law Luke Young, and James Marks; grandchildren, Lily Jackson, Ian Jackson, Ryan Travis, Kenley Marks, Nash Robbins, Max Robbins, and Micah Young; sister, Jan Alfieri and brother-in-law Paul Alfieri and sister-in-law; Laurel Marks.

Due to COVID- 19, the family held a private graveside service at New Hope United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, Gainesville, in memory of James E. Marks.

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