April 23, 2011
Jimmy was born in Waterbury on Dec. 18, 1953, son of Irene (Eggleston) Arline of Waterbury and the late Thurman Arline. He was a graduate of Wilby High School and attended Post College.
Jimmy was without a doubt one of the all-time great athletes in Waterbury history. He was a three-sport star at Wilby in baseball, basketball and football; he was an All-City, All-NVL and All-State player. He pitched the legendary game against Naugatuck when the Greyhounds were well into their 64-game winning streak. Jim struck out 21 and only one out to go to win the game and stop the streak. But a little foul pop behind first was dropped with two outs in the ninth inning, and Naugy was able to go on and steal the victory.
Jimmy went on to sign a contract with the Atlanta Braves and played in their farm system for seven years. He spent a few years in Triple A and was so close to playing in the major leagues. He came home to play in the Twi-Met League with Jim Spann's Laurels and also played with the Waterbury Reds. It was a joy to watch him perform, but more importantly, he was a wonderful teammate and friend. He coached and mentored all the young players with whom he played. He showed by example of how the game should be played and how one should conduct himself as a ballplayer.
Besides his wife and mother, he leaves to cherish his memory a son, Terrell Munn of Waterbury; two stepsons, Marc Coney of Connecticut and Leonard Paiva Sr. of Virginia; two stepdaughters, Djanira Paiva and Ada Teiddonniere, both of Virgina; a brother, Thurman Arline of Waterbury; three sisters, Barbara Arline, Shirley Arline and Eula Goodman and her husband, Lee, all of Waterbury; two step grandsons, Lenny and Danny Paiva, with whom he lived; four step grandchildren, Jeremiah Coney, Serenity Edmonds and Damonte Edmonds and Daylen Paiva; a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his son, Jamien Arline, and his brother, Albert Eggleston.
Arrangements: A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Zion Baptist Church, 137 Pearl St., Waterbury. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the church. Calling hours will be held Tuesday at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial of his cremains will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at New Pine Grove Cemetery.