OBITUARY: Jimmie Lee Darnell


On May 28, 2024, Jimmie Lee Darnell, more affectionately known as Jim, passed away.

Born on August 5, 1936, in Murray, KY, Jimmie was a loyal and dependable soul who made an indelible mark in the lives of all he encountered. His captivating spirit and life will be celebrated and remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Jimmie’s reliability and expertise were evident in his long-standing career as a mechanic. He spent 30 years of his life working diligently at Ford Motor Company, where he was renowned for his ability to fix anything. His mechanical prowess was not just limited to cars; he was a problem-solver in all aspects of life, always willing and ready to lend a helping hand.

Beyond his career, Jimmie served in the United States Army, exemplifying his loyalty and commitment to his country. Despite his busy professional life, Jimmie always found time to indulge in his passions. In his younger years, he relished deer hunting, and as he matured, he enjoyed the simple pleasure of loafing at the Sylvia Market with friends.

He shared many memorable rides with his friend Jeff, and post-retirement, he found joy in raising cattle and farming at his residence in Vanleer, Tennessee.

Memorial Gathering: Friday, May 31, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Spann Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association – Tennessee Chapter 1801 West End Ave. Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37203.

Survived by:
Wife of 64 years:
Anne Darnell of Vanleer, TN
Dave Darnell (Amy) of Vanleer, TN
Mark Darnell of Dickson, TN
Billie Darnell (Donna) of KY
Justin Darnell (Chasity)
Shelby Biele (Tommy)
Great Grandchildren:
Campbell and Griffin Biele
Coleman Darnell
As well as numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by:
Father: Homer Clifton Darnell
Mother: Grace Thelma (Tucker) Mackenzie
Sister: Bobbie Jean Redner

A special thanks from the family to the caring staff at Accentcare Hospice, and Dickson Health and Rehab.

We invite you to leave your memories of Jimmie and upload photos to his memorial page. This will not only serve as a tribute to his wonderful life but also provide comfort and solace during this difficult time. Remember, every story and picture shared keeps Jimmie’s memory alive.

Arrangements by Spann Funeral Home & Cremation Services (615) 446-1123


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