James Carswell Durden

December 10, 1936November 13, 2013

James Carswell Durden, age 76, of Brunswick, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Jimmy was a native of Macon, Georgia and graduated from Lanier High School in 1955. He attended Mercer University and Middle Georgia College prior to enrolling in John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN. Jimmy graduated from mortuary school in 1959, married his wife, Fay, then moved to Brunswick in 1960. He served as President and part owner of Gibson Hart Durden Funeral Home until 1978 when the firm went out of business. He then worked for Southern Coffin and Casket Company until 1987, was the former owner of the Flower Basket, and began his career as the Glynn County Coroner in 1993, a position he still holds today. Jimmy has also been employed as a funeral director and community service representative with Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home since 1995. He was a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia as well as past president and 50 plus year member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. Jimmy was also very active in his local community, serving as a member of the Masonic Ocean Lodge #214 F&AM, the Brunswick Shrine Club, the Alee Temple in Savannah, and was an active member of Christ Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Fay Dozier Durden; two sons, Carswell Durden of Brunswick and John Durden (Teresa) of Hinesville; four grandchildren, John C., Rebecca, Dillon and Chandler Durden, all of Brunswick; a great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Usher of Brunswick; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Durden of Brunswick; an uncle, John Durden of Delray Beach, FL; and a cousin, Claire Laing of Marietta, GA.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Christ Church. The Reverend Tom Purdy, The Reverend Dee Shaffer and The Reverend Deacon Rebecca Rowell will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Church cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 15, 2013

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September 20, 2014

Thank you TMM. Hope you and Miss Norma are doing well.


September 17, 2014

Carswell, Sorry to hear of your lose - your father and then your mother - May time heal the pain

May 7, 2014

Miss you Papa. Too much unsaid and undone. Mom is with you now and Mother's day is just around the corner. Hope you'll enjoy.

Love Carswell

November 25, 2013

To the family, I was out of state when Jimmy died. I was so sorry to hear of his death. He always stopped by when he was in middle Georgia and his friendship goes back to my father, Gardner Watson.
You are in our prayers-
Draper Watson - Perry, Georgia

Dale Tushman

November 23, 2013

Jimmy made everything so much easier. He had a ready laugh, very strong shoulders, a wonderful sense of what was right. I am so very sorry to read of his passing.

Dale Tushman

Glenn Hester

November 19, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. I fondly remember the times we had outside of work, when I led the funeral escorts for Edo Miller and the death investigations he was called too. You will be missed Jimmy, you were an icon in Glynn County.

Donna Langford

November 19, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy always had a smile and a kind word (or a joke)
every time I saw him. He served our community with dignity and professionalism as coroner and funeral director. May God's comfort and love surround you all.

November 15, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. He brought so much comfort to our family during the years and - he made us smile. He is truly one of the kindest people we have known. We will MISS him, too. God bless you all, Rusty and Susan (Coleman) Cohen.

Janice Moore Applegate

November 15, 2013

Jimmy was very special to the Moore family and we will miss him greatly. He usually had a funny story to tell me about Pop or Stan and he was always full of kindness. I will miss his hugs and his beautiful smile. Love to Fay, Carswell, John and the entire Durden family from all the Moores.

Mary Cantley

November 15, 2013

Faye and Family, I have fond childhood memories of Worsham family gatherings with Jimmy, you, Aunt Alice and Uncle T. Jimmy always brought humor and vivacity to those occasions. I hope that happy memories will be a comfort to you in your sorrow. With deepest sympathy,
Mary Worsham Cantley and Kevin Cantley