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James Bland

James Garland Bland Jr.

Saturday, June 19th, 1965 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Obituary

James Garland Bland Jr. Esq.

James “Jim” G. Bland, Jr., at age 55, surrounded by his family and his faithful companion Lily, found his final peace and rest on the morning of July 1, 2020.

Jim was a graduate of St. Xavier High School and attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville. Jim went back to school in 2007 and completed his education with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Jim had a passion for patriotism that followed him throughout his life. His desire to protect and serve propelled him into careers of service for his country and community.

Jim entered into the United States Army Reserves in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant. During the span of his military career, he was called into active service on two occasions: for Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Army in 2007, achieving the rank of Major.

While serving in the military, Jim joined the local police department in 1995. Throughout his years of service to Louisville Metro Police Department, he advanced to the rank of Sergeant. He served in several departments, including the Crimes Against Children Unit, with his last appointment serving the LMPD Legal Department. He retired from his career with the Louisville Metro Police Department and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2015.

In 2019, Jim retired from his career with the Department of Homeland Security in his role as Assistant Chief Counsel.

Jim loved spending time with his family and friends. His ability to make others laugh was infectious. His big voice, personality and laughter could always fill a room and will be missed by all who knew him well.

Jim was the happiest to be the father to his three children. He wanted nothing more than to spend his life watching them grow older, to facilitate their well-being and to love them every day.

Jim left behind, to cherish his memories: his two daughters, Laura and Emily; his son, James “Jim”; former wife, Leigh; aunt, Viola “Bea”; two sisters, Rebecca “Becky” (Tim Foster) and Annie (David Turner); and his brother, David.

A visitation will be held at Highlands Funeral Home, located at 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville 40205, on Wednesday, July 8th between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

The funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 9th, at Highlands Funeral Home, followed by a procession to Cave Hill Cemetery, located at 701 Baxter Ave, Louisville 40204.

On behalf of the Bland Family, we would like to wish a special thanks to the Louisville Police Pipes and Drums and the local VFW for their contribution to the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Cave Hill Cemetery
    Address
    701 Baxter Avenue
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40204
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Todd anderson

Posted at 12:51pm
See you in Valhalla friend

Amy Mack-Covington

Posted at 11:24am
Thinking of you & your family today. Praying for their strength & comfort. I’m honored to have met & worked with you at DHS. You always had a joke or a story to tell, to uplift everyone’s spirits & make us laugh. Your bright smile & positive personality will definitely be missed. Rest peacefully💞
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Brittney Griffith

Posted at 01:49pm
Laura, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet father. I wish I could be there in person and give you a huge hug. You're in my prayers.
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Mike Simpson

Posted at 06:55am
My deepest sympathy to your entire family. I met Jim his first day as a recruit with the Jefferson County Police Department. Throughout his entire career, he exemplified the honor of the Department. He was an individual who could think outside the box to solve a problem. You will be in my prayers.
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