James "Jimmy" Gidcomb Sr.

October 16, 1930December 28, 2012

GIDCOMB, SR. James “Jimmy” Edward of Nashville passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at the age of 82 after a long battle with pneumonia. He was born to the late Mattie Pearl Gidcomb and Ernest Monroe Gidcomb of Nashville. The love of his life was his wife of 56 years, Patricia “Patsy” Emily Hall Gidcomb, who passed away only 7 months ago. Jimmy has now gone to join her in Heaven. Jimmy was also preceded in death by his son, James Edward Gidcomb, Jr. and sister, Mary Gidcomb Whittaker. He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Oldham (Bruce) of Gallatin and Patricia “Patty” Gidcomb of Nashville; his grandson, Nick Oldham of Gallatin; and his sister, Kathleen Marlin of Nashville. Jimmy was a lifelong sports fan beginning in his teen years when he was a batboy for the Nashville Vols at Sulfur Dell. He was a star catcher and leading hitter for the North High School baseball team and was also a standout player for Centenary Methodist Institute, where he was selected as MVP; the Nashville Tennessean Junior League; and the Red Sox minor league team in Morristown, Tennessee. He served his country with honor in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. Jimmy was a firefighter for the Metro Fire Department, where he was famous for his ability to cook firehouse chili and spaghetti and also picked up the nickname “Sweets” due to his fondness for candy. He had risen through the ranks to become a Captain by the time he retired after 25 years of loyal service protecting the lives and property of Nashville citizens. Jimmy continued to serve others after his retirement as a volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank. Jimmy’s love and devotion will be deeply missed by his daughters. He had a rough voice but a big heart. Jimmy did random acts of kindness that only his family knew about, such as buying a new pair of shoes for a child he saw walking past his home without any shoes. He had a special talent for repairing just about anything, and enjoyed fixing things for his family, friends and people in need. He was never one to show much emotion, but if he greeted you by saying, “Hey there, my good man,” you know he thought of you as a friend. Visitation will be at Eastland Funeral Home, 904 Gallatin Avenue in Nashville from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 and on Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., with funeral services to be held at the same location on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor John Swyer officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with friends and family serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers you may send contributions to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nashville. The family sends out special thanks to the staff at Trevecca Health & Rehab Center for the wonderful care they gave our father.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013

James "Jimmy" Gidcomb Sr.

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David L Hughes

April 4, 2013

Patty, I was sadden to learn of the passing of your parents in the recent months. They were wonderful parents to all of you. May you take comfort knowing that they are in heaven together forever peaceful.

Peanut Your favorite nurse

January 4, 2013

I'm going to miss my Old Man.

Sarah Oldham

January 2, 2013

I remember going shopping with Bruce, Rhonda, and Patsy a short time before Bruce finished law school. When we got back to the house Jimmy had the biggest pot of beef stew I have ever seen simmering on the stove. He told us to "just sit down at the table." He served us big bowls of steaming hot stew with fried cornbread. He stood at the stove frying cornbread while we ate so that we had a constant supply of hot bread.

Randy Adams

January 2, 2013

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

January 1, 2013

Bruce Oldham

December 31, 2012

Jimmy Gidcomb has been my father-in-law for the past 32 years. The first time I met him I was shaking in my boots. He was a big, powerful man with a booming voice and I was dating his daughter. Eventually, I calmed down when I realized that beneath his grumpy exterior lay a heart of gold. Jimmy was absolutely devoted to his family, and he always treated me like a son, not a son-in-law. He had a great sense of humor. Watching Jimmy and his wife Patsy argue was more fun than any situation comedy in the history of television. Beneath all the banter there was genuine love and affection. We always knew that whenever Patsy went, he would follow soon after. Jimmy was from the old school and did not talk much about his feelings. Once my wife Rhonda called me at work to say that she had told her daddy that she loved him and he replied, “Me too.” That was about as mushy as he ever got. Jimmy didn't need to tell his family how he felt because actions spoke louder than words. Any man who works a 24-hour shift at the fire department, catches a few hours of sleep and then goes out in the hot Tennessee sun to lay block does so for one reason only – he loves his family and knows it is his duty to provide for them the best way he knows how. Jimmy never point blank told me that he liked me and certainly never told me that he loved me, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that he did. I would never embarrass him by telling him to his face that I loved him, but I did and I do. If he was still here and I said something like that to him, he would just grin and say, “Hell, I know you do.”

Susan Koch

December 31, 2012

Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. May God give you comfort and peace in the days to come and fill you with wonderful memories of your Dad. Susan and Kurt Koch

Katie Lane

December 31, 2012

Uncle Jimmy, you will be dearly missed by us! I remember spending so many weekends growing up at yours and Aunt Patsy's house. So many Christmas' spent there as well. We will miss you and we loved you deeply. Rest in peace.

Paul H. Boyte

December 31, 2012

Jimmy was my best friend agt North High in Kalb hollow, we played baseball together at North High and CMI plus at Morristown, Tenn. Everytime I came to Nashville I visited Jimmy at his home on 5th Ave. God bless your memory Jimmy, you will certainly be missed. I have lost a great friend!

December 31, 2012

In 2009, when my 1949 North class celebrated it's 60th reunion, Paul Boyte and I visited with Jimmy at his home on 5th Avenue North, and he and Paul sat in his swing where he said he spent a lot of his time. This visit, I will always remember because my family had lived on 4th and 5th in earlier years and I remembered so many people and places in that area.