October 28, 1945 – July 18, 2020
James Wendell Jarratt III, 74, of Madison, passed away July 18, 2020 at St. Dominic Hospital.
James, known affectionately as Jimmy, was born October 28, 1945 in Columbus, Mississippi to James Wendell and Julia Bishop Jarratt.
In 1986, Jimmy married the love of his life, Beth Jarratt and together they had one child, James Jarratt. Jimmy loved God, his family, friends, music, cars, baseball and telling his stories.
A private family service will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Private Family Service
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
July 23, 2020
Its a wonderful thing to love your life's work so much that you do it when you don't even get paid, but that was Jimmy. He filled in on keyboards with the Tangents at a birthday party for my wife in our back yard years ago. When the party was over, Jimmy and Duff Dorrough (guitarist) came in the house. We gathered around the piano in the living room and jammed on old 50's songs until the sun came up.
Once while visiting a nursing home in Ridgeland, I heard a familiar piano sound in the cafeteria, looked in and there was Jimmy, volunteering, on the piano, entertaining the old folks.
Jimmy didn't fit the musician mold. He always looked like to me he had just left his office at the law firm or the bank....but what an incredible talent he was. I'll miss Jimmy.
July 22, 2020
I had known Jimmy for almost 50 years, had been in several bands with him and we traveled the country together both getting to the gigs and on location. We traveled many miles checking out the countryside and seeing the sites wherever we we went. He was always one for getting the most out of life.
The music world lost a great musician on 7-18-20 and he will be sorely missed. I was honored to get to know him and make music with him by my side in all those bands. Rest In Peace Bud and may your journey have clear skies and tailwinds to your final destination!
July 22, 2020
Jimmy is good friends with my mom(Marianne Bell Pawlik) and Uncle Battle and Aunt Susan. I remember my. uncle, mom and Jimmy playing the piano together. He is such a talented pianist . He loved to talk and was kind and gentle. My condolences to his wife and son.
July 21, 2020
Jimmy was a superb musician and a fine gentleman. I am glad to have known him as a friend. Sympathy and condolences to his family.
July 21, 2020
For many years I have enjoyed and cherished Jimmy as a friend but most of all as an accomplished musician. Over the years Jimmy made so many people happy and socially fulfilled by his music in so many different venues throughout Mississippi as well as the Southeast.
My memories focus for the most part with his years playing at Char Restaurant in Jackson and then playing at Table 100 in Flowood.
Jimmy's talents and kind wit will be sorely missed for sure. God speed my friend.