Dr. James P. Himmelwright

November 18, 2020

Dr. James P. Himmelwright

June 8, 1938 – November 18, 2020

Jim Himmelwright was born in Frankfort, Indiana to parents James C. and Vida (Merchant) Himmelwright. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1956 where he lettered in tennis and football and was well known for his trumpet playing talent.

Jim attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana where he played on the varsity tennis team, including number one doubles. Tennis remained a strong interest for most of his life. He had a great “American twist” serve that was no small challenge to return, including for his two children, to whom he passed on his love for the game.

In 1961, he married his hometown sweetheart Mary Ann (Miller). He graduated from medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1963 and completed his residency training in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  While serving in the US Air Force he was stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base.  Upon completing his military service in 1969, he moved to Opelika where he founded Internal Medicine Associates, the area’s first practice in this field, and one which continues to serve the East Alabama community.  He served on the Board of Directors at EAMC from 1982-2000.

True to his Indiana roots, Jim loved basketball and was a long-time season ticket holder and supporter of the Auburn Tigers (except on the rare occasions they played Purdue).  Jim was also an avid fisherman.  Annual fishing trips to Marco Island, Florida are among his family’s fondest memories, as well as fishing ventures into Canada and Alaska.

Visitation and Services

Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. A family graveside service will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Indiana. Kelly Kurth will officiate. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watoola United Methodist Church, 1370 Lee Road 38, Opelika, AL 36804, to help with their on-going recovery from the tornado damage of March 2019.

Survived by:

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann; sister Anne Himmelwright of Frankfort; son Jim Himmelwright (Amy) and daughter Cathy Keirstead (Chris), both of Auburn; grandchildren Rob Himmelwright, Hanna Himmelwright, and Ben Keirstead.


Leave your Condolences

7 Condolences for “Dr. James P. Himmelwright”

  1. Erilda Coleman November 26, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Dearest Anne & Family, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. Know he leaves a “hole in your hearts” but such great memories you have all shared. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and strength. God Bless – Ron & Erilda – Foley, AL

  2. Sally and Eber Morgan II November 28, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Anne, we were so sorry to hear about your brother. Praying for your and the family. Eber II and Sally

  3. Larry Gunn December 1, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    What a fine man. We were Sigma Chi brothers and maintained contact while in Med school in Chicago. It was an honor to have him as a friend and brother. Larry Gunn, delta delta ‘60.

  4. Joe McCabe December 1, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    For my Purdue Sigma Chi Fraternity Brother – “God Speed Brother” !

  5. George Dorner December 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Fond memories of Jim through tennis, football, and an early interest in hi-fi equipment. We attended his wedding in Antioch when we were first married.

  6. Jan McGill December 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Dear Anne – I just wanted you to know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this rough time. Jim was always so kind and nice to all of us girls when we were growing up. He was definitely one of the “good” big brothers! With warm memories – Jan McGill

  7. Jennifer Edmondson December 3, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Dear Anne,
    We were so sorry to hear the news of your brother’s passing. I’m sorry we will not be able to attend the service. I personally did not know him, but if he is anything like you, what a loss for his family, friends, and community. We are always thought highly of you. From the friendship, caring, and thoughtfulness especially to my mom Zillah and dad, Max, my brother, Steve and myself. Know that your brother is walking with Jesus and that he left a great impact on his community. God bless you, Anne and your family.
    Jennifer Edmondson

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