James "Jimmy" Sory Edgen

December 21, 1938April 30, 2021

James Sory "Jimmy" Edgen, age 82, passed away suddenly Friday, April 30, 2021. Jimmy was born Wednesday, December 21, 1938 in Adams, Tennessee and is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Virginia Corbin Edgen and brother, Billy Edgen; sister, Betsye Vaughn.

He loved his mother and looked up to his brother. At eighteen, Jimmy joined the Marine Corps (once a Marine, always a Marine) he was a member of the Masons and 33rd Degree Scottish Rite. He work as a wrecker driver for 35 years and in the safety section of the business. After retiring he and Debbie loved to travel on short trips.

Jimmy enjoyed camping and going out on the boat; his hobbies were leather work and making things with wood and metals; going to car shows and mowing the yard. Sitting on the patio enjoying his early morning coffee watching the deer. He started helping a group of "Dream Makers" that worked with children with cancer.

Jimmy met and married Debbie Edgen, his wife of 43 years, along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Regina Edgen Norvell, Brandy Edgen Willis, Adam Ray Edgen; seven grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Corinda Edgen.

A celebration of life will be conducted 12:00 Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Corinda Edgen officiating. Burial with Marine Honors will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will gather to remember Jimmy at a visitation Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 10:00 with a Masonic Service by Claiborne Lodge 293 at 11:45 before the 12:00 service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 South Dickerson Pike Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Jimmy's family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: The Dream Makers c/o Barbara Stanley 447 Blue Sky Circle Lafayette, TN 37083 or online at


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021


James "Jimmy" Sory Edgen

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Pam Kirthlink

May 12, 2021

Thinking of the family at this time. OES

Ronda Ferguson

May 4, 2021

I met Jimmy just a few years ago when he came with his lovely wife to a group meeting of the Dream Makers. His face was smiling and at the same time full of compassion to see how what we did impacted so many children. There was no doubt this was a very caring man with a big heart. I enjoyed knowing him and listening to his many stories.

Melody Johnson

May 3, 2021

Jimmy, you will be missed by so many. I have so many great memories that included you and your family. It was only natural that Adam came to work for Jerry and I so that we always had an Edgen around when we needed a laugh. Debbie, Brandi, Regina and Adam, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. You were a great man who helped so many. I love telling my boys about all of the fun we had at Colliers and of all the laughter we shared. I know heaven welcomed you with open arms.
Jerry, Melody, Christian, Skylar and Caleb

Susan Meece

May 3, 2021

So sorry to hear about passing of Jimmy. I enjoyed serving with he & Debbie in Box 55. I also appreciated having them as neighbors when they lived in Old Hickory TN. My thoughts & prayers are with his family in the coming days.

Janetta Bowman

May 3, 2021

Jimmy was truly one of a kind! A wonderful man, a true friend, and a trusted and loyal employee. We have so many precious memories of all the good times at A. B. Collier Wrecker Service, at the Christmas parties, and at the many tow shows. We shared laughter and tears and he was always there when he was needed. He will be sadly missed. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Debbie, Regina, Brandi, and Adam, we are lifting you up in our prayers. We pray God’s blessings and peace on you at this time of loss and sorrow. We love you.
Junior and Janetta

Mark Cohen

May 3, 2021

Debbie ,
Thanks for letting me know about Jimmy passing away. I’m very sorry . May God bless his soul and give comfort to everyone who has been a part of his life at some point or another.
You take care of yourself. Love you ❤️

Tim Shoemake

May 2, 2021

More of a friend than my uncle. I always admired his dedication to the Masonic lodge. A Marine always. He and many like him inspired me to become a Marine as well as a Freemason. Thank you for your inspiration uncle Jimmy. God bless this family. SemperFi. So mote it be.

Corinda Edgen

May 2, 2021

Jimmy, you were the best brother-in-law a person could have. Thank you for fully accepting me into the family and for loving me.

Corinda Edgen

Tiffany Bowman

May 2, 2021

I will always remember Jimmy. He was a big memory for me growing up, since it seemed like he was always at the shop! (A.B. Collier Wrecker Service) I remember Christmas parties and truck shows with the family. Especially the zoo in New Orleans. I grew up with Brandy and Adam around a lot. Jimmy was a great man and he was like an uncle to me. He will be greatly missed. I love you Debbie, Brandy and Kracker (Adam). I pray for all of you in this time of sadness. Lean on the Lord. He will give you peace.

M. David Gilbreath

May 1, 2021

Prayers for brother Jimmy’s wife and family. I just gotten to know brother jimmy over last few years. Nothing but respect for this veteran and brother.
My you be welcome to the into the celestial lodge above.
You friend and brother,
M. David Gilbreath