McConnell Funeral Home

1200 E Forrest St, Athens, AL


James David Mandel

December 7, 1959June 14, 2020

James David Mandel gained his wings on Sunday, June 14, 2020. He was born December 7, 1959 in Pensacola, FL. He was happiest on the water learning to throw a cast net as a young boy from his father and later teaching his own family the joys of fishing. David spent his career working in the concrete industry in North Alabama. He was passionate about his family and spent his free time cooking new recipes with his granddaughter and chasing his young grandson.

He is survived by his wife Joanne, sons, James Brian, Joseph Ryan (Amie), daughter Elizabeth Ann (Ryan) Ash and two grandchildren Katlyn Elizabeth McCain and Elliot Emanuel Ash; his mother Dorothy Mandel and his brothers Steve(Sandy),Eddie (Dawn), Keith, sisters Lisa (Michael) Cousins and Julie (Rick) Hartley; his special extended family Wade and Kay Loggins. He has many nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews, cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father Alfred Emanuel Mandel and special extended daughter, Leah Joy Seibert.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Doyle, Wade Loggins, Mike Gertsman, Jimmy Newby, Pat Tralengo, and Johnny Ozier.

The funeral for James David Mandel will be Thursday June 18, 2020 at 10 A.M. at McConnell Memorial Chapel. The visitation will be on Wednesday June 17, 2020 from 5-8 P.M. at McConnell Funeral Home. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery.


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Lee Thrasher

June 17, 2020

I will remember with gratitude all the practical lessons Dave shared with me that have helped me develop and always seek to learn more about the concrete industry we both enjoyed and endured. Dave's enthusiasm for helping others will be a lasting legacy.
One of the best, and most humorous, practical lessons Dave ever taught me was in response to a claim that "his concrete didn't do right", Dave's reply without hesitation was simply, "We just delivered it, after it came down the chute I can't tell you what happened. Ask that guy, he was the last one to touch it!". Classic.
I will miss our conversations.

Stacey Evans

June 17, 2020

I just spoke with Dave on Friday and he so loved his family and would always share stories of them. We compared boat motors and talked about fishing sometimes we would even get some work done. I am so sad for his family who he was so close to. I will send healing prayers for the strength you will need in the coming days, months and years.
God bless you!

Teresa Springer

June 16, 2020

We enjoyed working with David for many years - he always had a smile and tell us -" Be Safe and Thanks for all you do".
He loved his family - had great things to say about them.
We went by Friday to his office- never dreamed that was the last time that we would see each other.
We have lost a great friend.
Heaven has gained a great person.
Praying for you all.
Barry White & Teresa Springer
Alabama Department of Transportation
Tuscumbia, AL

Skip & Teresa Banfell

June 16, 2020

God bless you & keep you my cousin. Our thoughts and prayers go with you.
Vaya con Dios old buddy!

Timmy Banfell

June 15, 2020

As kids, David and I would spend hours on my front porch which was our Treasure House. David was Mr. Green Jeans and I was Captain Kangaroo. In later years as teenagers we would go fishing together with a bag of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I will treasure all the memories we had together as cousins and pals! God bless you "Mr. Green Jeans".