James Carl Mebane

January 3, 1938February 18, 2021

James Carl Mebane, age 83, of Knoxville, Tennessee departed this world for his eternal home in Heaven on February 18, 2021. Jim was born to James E. Mebane and Ruby Mebane on January 3, 1938, in Wynne, AR. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Judith Crawley Mebane, son James David Mebane, daughter Meredith Mebane Prince (husband, Chris, and sons Luke and Henry), niece Pam Hill and nephew David Britton of Memphis, TN. Jim was a member of Central Baptist Church Fountain City and active servant as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher of the Soul Mates class, and serving on various committees over the years. Jim graduated from Arkansas State University and received his M.B.A. from The University of Arkansas. Jim started his career in banking at First National Bank of Wynne, Arkansas and came to Knoxville in 1966 as a National Bank Examiner, where he met Judy and decided to make Knoxville home. After a career in banking, Jim retired from First Tennessee Bank in 2007, thinking he would end his banking career. He was retired less than a year, when he was approached and agreed to a position as VP/Credit Officer at newly formed Foothills Bank & Trust. He was asked to work short term, but ended up working 10 more years (part-time) where his knowledge and experience truly helped the bank grow and prosper. Jim valued time with family. He coached his son, David’s basketball and baseball teams and taught his 7th grade Sunday school class (he continued teaching that class many years). He was David’s biggest fan. Jim and Judy shared a love for travel and visited many places in the world. In celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary, they spent three weeks exploring Africa. Over the years, they visited countless beaches, national parks, and several continents. Their last trip was to Spain in March 2020 days before the pandemic. Meredith and her family began traveling with Jim and Judy right after Luke was born. They took at least one or more trips together every year starting with family beach trips. As the grandchildren got older, they visited National Parks, Alaska, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, and recently a 15 day tour of Europe. Other than a love for travel, Jim was an avid tennis player and continued to play through his 82nd birthday. He also served on the board of the Greater Knoxville Tennis Association. He enjoyed watching the sport just as much as playing it. Jim was extensively involved in the lives of his children and especially grandchildren, who knew him as Daddo. Jim took great joy in watching his grandsons do just about anything: playing tennis, baseball, basketball, piano recitals, and various church and school performances. Jim was most happy just being in their presence. After hearing this expressed at a funeral, Jim always said remember “Don’t cry because it’s because it happened.” The Mebane family will receive friends on Sunday, February 21st from 3:00-4:00pm at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. A memorial service in celebration of Jim’s life will follow the receiving of friends at 4:00pm, officiated by Dr. David Crocker and Reverend Josh Beeler. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37918 or to the Fountain City Ministry Center at PO Box 5311, Knoxville, TN 37928. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, February 21, 2021


James Carl Mebane

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Frank Stidham

February 24, 2021

Judy, Meredith, David, and all your beautiful family,

I mourn with you in your loss, but rejoice with you to know that he is no longer suffering in the place of Eternal Light. Back when we had "real church", I cherish the memory of you, Judy, seeing that he always had the right creamer/sweetener for his coffee. We seemed to arrive at the coffee pot at the same time on Sunday mornings. He would often arrive while I was taking my time fixing mine. I will miss those seeming insignificant moments when we would exchange a few words and hurried off to our Sunday School Classes.

I could always count on Jim serving in my offering group and leading the deacons prayer group in June, as he took his deacon responsibilities seriously.

Susan Cartwright Fox

February 23, 2021

Judy, this is Susan Cartwright Fox. We worked together at Hamilton Bank. I remember when Jim came to bank as an auditor. You thot he was so cute! Remember how excited you were when he asked you out! Thankful you two had a long, wonderful marriage.

John & I have 54 plus years together. We are now retired & moved back to Halls. Would love to reminisce if interested. Will provide cell number thru

So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. Will be praying for you.

With endearing love & memories,
Susan Fox

Dianne Lyle

February 22, 2021

I will always remember “Mr.Mebane” as my first Sunday School Teacher in 7th grade, when I first moved to Knoxville, from out of state. He made me feel at home, from the first Sunday. He taught us a lot about the Bible, and how it applied to daily life. I will never forget him... I’m so sorry you all have to endure his loss...

Charles & Ann Brush

February 21, 2021

We think God for Jim whose love for God and his family radiated from his life of service, ministry, and commitment. We are praying for your strength an comfort.

Sheila Sharp

February 21, 2021

So sorry to learn of Jim's demise, have you in our thoughts and prayers. Neighbors Elmer and Sheila Sharp

Joan Lindsay

February 20, 2021

Judy and Meredith, I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, Joan Lindsay

Roberta Hurst

February 20, 2021

So sorry to here about Jim.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Roberta (Tutterow) Hurst and Linda Tutterow.

Ronald Mouser

February 20, 2021

It has been said, "One must choose with careful eye, the things he is remembered by." We will remember Jim as a loving husband and father, a caring, encouraging grandfather, and a devoted follower of Christ. We will miss his pleasant smile and affirming spirit. Judy, David, Meredith, Chris, Luke, and Henry, our hearts cry with you. My the peace and love of Christ embrace you! We love you!
Ron and Barbara Mouser

Allan & Karen Price

February 20, 2021

Dearest Judy,
We were so so saddened to hear about Jim! Yet, his words regarding ones passing are the way as Christians we do view our loss! We do know the pain of loss and as Allan stated not so long ago in response to I Can't Imagine..."I can only Imagine!" Our prayers are with you and Meredith and David, plus....
Much Love,
Allan, Karen, Landon, Madison and Grayson

Rita Sanger

February 20, 2021

Thinking of you, Judy, along with the whole family. I especially know Luke and Henry will miss their grandfather. Blessings to all. Rita