James “Jim” Grant Tomaw

James “Jim” Grant Tomaw

September 7, 1942 - January 14, 2016

James “Jim” Grant Tomaw, 73 of Corbin went to heaven on Thursday, January 14, 2016, with a smile on his face.

He was a member of New Hope Ministries Church of God.  A United States Army veteran, he served in the Korean War.  A member of the Kentucky and Illinois Bar Associations, he was a practicing attorney at Tomaw Law Office in Corbin.  He was also a member of the Native American Indian Tribe and a Kentucky Colonel.  Jim had a love for motorcycles and was a proud rider.  He was an avid reader, and the corneas of his eyes were donated to the University of Kentucky Center for transplants.

Born September 7, 1942, in Highland Park, Michigan, he was the son of the late Joseph Tomaw and Beatrice Eaton Carlson. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years, Tammy Tomaw and daughters,  Jaimie Nicole Tomaw and Amanda Lea Buchanan all of Corbin; daughters, Kathie Tomaw St. Clair of Michigan and Betsy Dougherty and husband Michael of Montana, a grandson, Adam St. Clair , and one sister, Jeanne Higgins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at New Hope Ministries Church of God 8254 Old Highway 25 Corbin, KY 40701 with Pastor Paula Farmer, Pastor Sean Disney, and Pastor Michael Addison officiating.  Burial will follow in Barbourville Cemetery with military rites by the D.A.V. Chapter 158.  Pallbearers will be Johnathon McClure, Donavon McClure, Joshua Baker, Jason Baker, Johnothan Barger, Andrew Garrison, Peyton Addison, Adam St. Clair, and Donnie Osborne. 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until the funeral hour at 1:30 P.M. at New Hope Ministries Church of God.


  • Dennis Mathewson
    Posted at 19:10h, 15 January Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Recently I lost my dear mother,
    and found great comfort in the words of Jesus at John 11:11-14,
    where death is compared to being asleep, and at John 5:28,29 –
    “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”
    For more, I use the website at: http://www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)

  • Bonni Sutton
    Posted at 03:30h, 16 January Reply

    We are sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Derek said to tell you he remembers taking the newspaper to him when he was little as a paperboy and how Jim and his family would always take the time to talk to him. Jim was always kind to our family and we will always remember that when my grandmother passed away two years ago day after Christmas our hearts were broken then we watched movie Heaven is for Real. The movie gave us comfort at a difficult time and reminded us that there is a beautiful place our loved ones have gone to where there is no sickness. Jim displayed the light of God to everyone who crossed his path and his spirit will live on and someday you will see him once again in our heavenly home. Bonni and Derek will be praying for you that God s peace and comfort will be with you now and in the days ahead.

  • Nancy Foley
    Posted at 01:51h, 17 January Reply

    I just heard about Jim. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Charles Marker
    Posted at 14:52h, 02 December Reply

    Just saw this. Sorry to hear. I grew up next door to “Jimmie” in Berkley, Michigan. There were about five of us born in 1942 on that block, so we also all started school together.

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