The Detroit Man Who Helped Marilyn Onstage

James Edward Powers, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932, has died aged 88 in Florida, the Port Charlotte Sun reports, noting that “in 1952-54 he served his country in Korea in the US Army 728th Military Police Battalion, where in addition to his regular duties and combat, he escorted Marilyn Monroe to a USO stage.”

He later became vice-president of sales at the Handleman Co., one of America’s largest distributors of pre-recorded music and videotapes to retail chains, and served on the Country Music Association’s board of directors for several years. He is survived by Irene, his wife of 64 years, and their five children plus numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Throughout his long life, Jim’s ever-present smile, infectious laugh, perpetual reserve of jokes … and bottomless well of generosity were bestowed upon countless people,” the article reveals. “Without exception, the lives Jim touched were made better by his presence.”