James Rollie (Jiggs) Harrell, age 97, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at his home in Possum Trot, Tennessee.
A lifelong agriculturist and cow lover, he died in his favorite place on earth, his Middle Tennessee farm. Born in Wirt, Indiana on June 17, 1919 into a farming family of six brothers and two sisters, Jiggs lived a life of public service punctuated by four years as a weather forecaster in the US Army Air Force from 1942 through 1946, when he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant. While in the military in Middle Tennessee, he was wed to Usie Inez Pate on Dec. 31, 1944 at the First Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee and remained married to her for over 60 years, until her death in October of 2005. A devoted husband and father, he traveled as a sales manager and Vice President of commercial accounts for Tafel Electric and Supply Company in Nashville, selling heavy Westinghouse electrical supplies and generators throughout the Tennessee Valley for nearly 40 years. In service to his God, Jiggs was honored to be a lifetime deacon at the downtown First Baptist Church of Nashville. Additionally, he was a 50 year Gold Member of the DuPont Indiana No. 419 F & A.M. Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Al Menah Shriners Temple of Nashville throughout his adult life. He belonged to American Legion Post No. 0005 in Nashville and was a dedicated Vanderbilt Commodore basketball season ticket holder for many years.
He was preceded in death by practically everyone in his circle of contemporaries: his beloved first wife, Usie Pate Harrell; parents, John Solomon Harrell and Lucinda Voris Harrell; brothers, Joseph Emerson Harrell, Edgar Graham Harrell, Russell Howard Harrell, George Edwin Harrell, John Wesley Harrell and Fred Vincent Harrell; sisters, Dorothy Josephine Shafer and Clara Jeannette Dryden.
He is survived by: his second wife, Ossie Frey Harrell; his son Dr. R. Mack (Ronni) Harrell of Boca Raton, FL; daughter, Anita (Jerry) Scott of College Grove, TN; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Evan and Alex Harrell, Jessica Fly, Michael Scott, Terri Barber and Sherri Kidd; ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
The Harrell family wishes to give final recognition to our very special angel, Ms. Lorrie Mann, who through the past 5 and a half years served as Jim Harrell's caregiver, nurse, friend and confidant. Lorrie's patience, kindness and strength made Jim's disabilities tolerable and enabled his hall-of-fame smile to the very end.
Mr. Harrell's chapel service will be held at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 with the Reverend Tony Anderson officiating.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro, TN with family serving as pallbearers (Jerry Scott, Mack Harrell, Steve Dryden, Paul Dryden, Earl Dryden, Alex Harrell and Evan Harrell).
In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to Patterson Baptist Church (12909 Patterson Rd, Rockvale, TN 37153), Alive Hospice of Nashville (AliveHospice.org) and the Shriners' Children's Hospital of Nashville, Tennessee (ShrinersHospitals.org).
The family will be available for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615) 893-2422.
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