A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The Rev. Rick Friebel will officiate.
James E. Maier, known as “Jim,” passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2018 at the age of 66. Jim was born Feb. 6, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of David and Marie Maier. He was one of four children.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Marie Maier; and niece, Crystal Maier.
He is survived by his siblings, Nancy M. Testerman, of Nashville, Cindy M. (Tom) Schwartz, of Cary, Illinois, John W. (Judy) Maier, of Hermitage; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Jim graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Jim majored in accounting and became a certified public accountant. He began working for the Knoxville consulting firm, FIS Associates Inc., while still in college. Jim worked for FIS for more than 30 years and rose to become its president. In September 1997, he was one of the founders of Meridian Trust & Investment Co. Jim became the chief financial officer of Lawler-Wood LLC in 2004 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2014.
Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his friends at Holston Hills Country Club. He was, in fact, an excellent golfer and at one time carried a zero handicap. He had several holes-in-one but being the humble person he was, never bragged about them. Jim loved to work when he was not playing golf.
He was an influential role model and mentor to scores of professionals at FIS and Lawler-Wood. The men and women Jim mentored remember him as super intelligent. Many prominent Knoxvillians sought business advice from Jim, including physicians, attorneys and real estate developers. When not golfing or working, Jim enjoyed cards and spectator sports.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pat Summitt Foundation at 520 West Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville TN 37902 or St. Jude’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, 800-748-5833.
Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-9393.
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