Deaths of Note

Published on January 13th, 2016 |


Buckhead real estate leader James Marvin Caswell, Jr. dies at 85

Atlanta native James Marvin Caswell, Jr., who was a real estate leader in Buckhead—developing several office projects, a founding partner of the Piedmont Center office development and a founding member of the Buckhead Coalition—has died at the age of 85.

Caswell attended Morningside Elementary School, Boys High School and graduated from Georgia Tech at the age of 20. In 1950, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving the majority

James M. Caswell, Jr.

James Marvin Caswell, Jr.

of his two years at Fort Riley, Kansas.

In 1952, Caswell was married to Carolyn Mann, his wife of 64 years. He was a member of the Church of the Apostles and an active leader in Leading the Way Ministry, traveling around the world on its behalf.

Caswell’s business career began as a small boy delivering the Saturday Evening Post. He entered commercial real estate in 1960 with the former F. W. Woolworth Co. Several years later, his friend, Ewell Pope, introduced Jim to John Portman which led to his assisting in the development of Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta.

Caswell emerged as a real estate leader in Buckhead, developing several office projects, including being a founding partner of the Piedmont Center office development on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.

Caswell served on the board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and The Shepherd Center, was a founding member of the Buckhead Coalition, and was chairman of the Department of Offender Rehab under Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

He was also a member of the Board of the Presbyterian Home and a member of Cherokee Town Club. He was very involved in the establishment of Phi Slam, a Christian fraternity at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Caswell is survived by his wife Carolyn Mann Caswell, six children: Jim Caswell III (Robbie), Charles Caswell (Betsy), Tommy Caswell (Suzanne), Lee Caswell (Nancy), Lynda Guthrie (Keith) and Holly King (David), and his 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Caswell Umstead (Teeter) and sister in law, Anne Caswell and nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held on Friday (Jan. 15) at Arlington Cemetery followed by a celebration of Caswell’s life at The Church of the Apostles, 3585 Northside Parkway in Buckhead at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made to Leading the Way Ministry or The Shepherd Center. Online condolences may be made at .

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