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James Marion Terrell

November 2, 1930September 16, 2021

James M. Terrell, 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Moss Bluff, Louisiana on September 16, 2021 in the company of his loved ones.

He was a born leader, a generous giver, very much loved, highly respected, and one of the finest Christian men that you’d ever want to meet. He believed that the way to find joy was in serving Jesus and others before serving yourself based on Matthew 22:37-40 and daily proved it to be true to anyone watching. He enjoyed sharing his woodworking with others around the city as a way to share his faith, make new friends, and give to others. After Jesus and others, this man loved sports. He followed many teams and even coached a few. In his later years, he quite possibly might have been the Fairview Lady Panthers’ number one fan, which earned him his own parking space for the home games.

James was born in Carrollton, GA and raised in Savannah. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country for the next eleven years. While stationed at Chennault A.F.B., he met a Cajun beauty that he married and they were together for 59 years until her death in 2012. After being honorably discharged from the service, he went to work for Dimmick Supply Company, worked his way into management, and retired after 47 years. He worshipped the Lord Jesus at Glad Tidings A/G Church for the same length of time.

He is survived by his son, Jimmy Terrell and his wife Lisa of Moss Bluff; daughter, Cheryl Shafer Nunez of Sulphur; former daughter-in-law, Joanie Terrell Sollay of Jennings; brother, Harold Terrell and his wife Bo of Savannah; and sisters-in-law, Alva Lee Terrell of Savannah and Alice Hooper of Westlake; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Melba Doucet Terrell; son, Tony Terrell; parents, W.J. and Leathie Terrell; and brother, Lamar Terrell.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jeremy Shafer, Dustin Shafer, Darren Shafer, Kristin Shafer Baggett, Brent Vest, Ryan Terrell, Chance Terrell, Brandon Terrell, Blake Terrell and Bryson Terrell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and resume Wednesday September 22,2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles. Rev. Gary Evers will officiate. Interment to follow services at New Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. Words of comfort and love may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his son, Jimmy Terrell and his wife Lisa of Moss Bluff; daughter, Cheryl Shafer Nunez of Sulphur; former daughter-in-law, Joanie Terrell Sollay of Jennings; brother, Harold Terrell and his wife Bo of Savannah; and sisters-in-law, Alva Lee Terrell of Savannah and Alice Hooper of Westlake; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
    He is preceded in death by his wife, Melba Doucet Terrell; son, Tony Terrell; parents, W.J. and Leathie Terrell; and brother, Lamar Terrell.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Memories

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Cheryl Shafer Nunez

September 24, 2021

Dad was my hero and the finest Christian man I have ever met. God gifted him with so many abilities that I think he would have been successful no matter what kind of life he had chosen for himself. I'm sure he could've amassed much more of what our world deems important had he lived for himself. He chose to obey God and lived a life of love and service to his Lord and others, especially his family. He was greatly respected and admired. He overcame many adversities in his path and in doing so was a wonderful example of Godliness, perseverence, strength, and generosity. He lived by the motto: I'd rather see a sermon any day than hear one. And he lived a life that was genuinely happy. I know that he was greeted in Heaven with, "Well done thou good and faithful servant!"

sharon Cunningham

September 21, 2021

So Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all
I worked with Jim at Dimmick Supply in the 1968-1969 He was always so nice and very funny. I still have a wood cross that he
gave me.
Sharon Cunningham

Kelvin LeDoux and Family

September 20, 2021

My Family and I are so sorry for your loss. We wish to extend our sincerest condolence to the Family and the many many Friends of Mr. James Terrell. We will keep you ALL in our daily thoughts and prayers. May GOD bless ALL And may Mr. James Terrell REST IN PEACE.

Sally Fontenot

September 20, 2021

This sweet man was the first person I met at glad tidings church he gave me a lil wooden cross that I still have in my purse I always will remember his sweet face and wonderful person he was he was the hands and feet of Jesus and what a testimony!!

Nanette Shepherd Ardoin

September 19, 2021

Cheryl, so sorry for your loss. I have good memories of working with your dad at Dimmicks and from Glad Tidings. Such a fine Christian man. Love & prayers.

Ralph & Becky Authement

September 18, 2021

Bailey, Jeremy, Cheryl and family…We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are being lifted in prayer by many!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY