James Franklin Sirmons, son of Benjamin Franklin Sirmons & Pearl Estelle Barfield, was born 16 Dec 1917 in St. Petersberg, FL
James married 16 Jun 1941 in Dunedin, FL to Virginia Louise Gorgas, daughter of Chester Arthur Gorgas & Mary Emma Slaven.
James Sirmons began his career as a writer and announcer for radio stations in Ohio and joined CBS in 1942 as a Production Supervisor, then Production Manager, and in 1957 Assistant Director of Labor Relations. He was appointed in 1961 to Director of Labor Relations, became Vice President of Employee Relations in 1969, and Vice President of Personnel and Labor Relations in 1971. Then he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Industrial Relations in 1981, and finally Executive Vice President of Industrial Relations in 1994. He finally retired in 2000 after 58 years with the network, longer than almost every other CBS employee in the network’s history.
James Sirmons was the industry leader in labor negotiation with unions such as the Director's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the Teamsters. When a union threatened to strike, he chaired the committee on on the industry side of the table, as a strike impacted the schedules of all of the networks and studios with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
He was also the chairman of the AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Health & Retirement Funds from 1970-2001, and served on the board from 1968-2009. They named a conference room after him.
In Larry King's autobiography, Mr. King named James Sirmons as a pivotal person in giving him advice as to how to get into the broadcasting industry.
James died 20 Apr 2018 at 100 years old and 4 months.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with James: