Jimmie Welton Seright was born on August 16, 1951 in Rutledge, AL to the late Ensley and Minnie Lee (Betton) Seright. He departed this life on Monday, December 30, 2013 under the loving care of his wife and Niagara Hospice House.
He was active in sports activities in school and later in life, he began boxing. He was referred to as the "Highland Hurricane" due to his quick, knock-outs early in his boxing matches. Jimmie grew tired of boxing and went on to found Majestic Booking and Promotions, Inc., a public relations firm that promoted gospel recording artists. In his early years he, was employed at Harrison Radiator and Airco Speer.
Jimmie was the Founder and Executive Director of the New Jerusalem Boys' Reporting Center inn Niagara Falls, NY. Jimmie was also a leader in Operation SNUG (guns spelled backwards), a state funded street outreach program comprised of former gang members and those with former criminal backgrounds. SNUG is a violence prevention and intervention program to reduce gun and gang violence in distressed communities.
Jimmie received numerous honors and awards including the "Beautiful People Award" from the Niagara Beautification Commission and the " I Have a Dream Award" from the Niagara Falls Martin Luther King Committee. He was cited by the Niagara Gazette for "Outstanding Work'" with at risk youth. He was nominated by former Governor David Patterson to the New York State Senate for appointment as a member of the Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council for a five-year term. On June 3, 2009, the Senate confirmed this nomination with his term set to expire on March 23, 2014. He served in this capacity until his health failed in 2013. Jimmie was also a member of the Niagara Ministerial Council of Niagara Falls.
He was a member of and ordained an Elder at the New Jerusalem Revival Center under the leadership of the late Bishop Euriah Colvin. Jimmie served as National Public Relations Manager of World Outreach Ministries of Baton Rouge, LA. He served as a member of the General Assembly of the Independent Church of God in Christ until his death.
Jimmie leaves behind to cherish precious, loving, fond and fun memories, Ida, his wife of 42 years; six sons, Jimmy, James, Jason (Marquella), Jay (Tara), Jake (Debbie) and Julian (Serena); fourteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur (Jewel) of Luverne, AL, Robert (Doris) of Niagara Falls, NY; two sisters, Janice (late Walter) Monroe of Rochester, NY and Minnie Louise (late Theodore) Guest of Phoenix, AZ; uncle, Roy (Lenice) Betton of Grand Island, NY; aunt, Lucille Campbell of Arizona; Godson, Vincent Wright; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe L. (Debbie), Ensley, Jr. (Mary); sister, Cora (James) Powell.
Visitation will be on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at New Jerusalem Revival Center, 2723-20th St., Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM with Bishop Sammie Rankin officiating. Interment will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Arrangements by WILLIAMSON FUNERAL HOME, 635 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY.
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