OBITUARY: James (Jim) O.F. Durham

OBITUARY: James (Jim) O.F. Durham

James (Jim) O.F. Durham, age 92 of Brentwood, Tennessee, passed away on March 15, 2019.

Mr. Durham was born in Hendersonville, Tennessee to the late Elma Hale and William R. Durham. He was among members of the first graduating class of Hendersonville High School and was a member of the first Hendersonville High School football team. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II and upon returning home began his studies at George Peabody College. Shortly after his college career he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Allen Hutchison, and then began his career with Genesco in downtown Nashville in the Arcade with John Hardy Shoe Store. From Hardy’s, he advanced over the years to the real estate division where he retired after 40 years of service. During his career, Mr. Durham was also a Mason with the Masonic Lodge giving of his free time to help others and also became an active member in the Elks Lodge #131 of Brentwood. After moving to Nashville, he and his family became members of the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville on Franklin Road beginning in 1963 where he served as a deacon and greeter. Mr. Durham joined Brentwood Country Club in 1966 where he was an avid golfer and remained a member until 2010. Jim was never a sheriff, he portrays one at his assisted living home in a costume contest and he won. He was a great and understanding father.

Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Allen (Purn) Hutchison Durham; brother, Carl Durham and Earl Durham and sister, Junie Lee Scott. Survived by: son, James Derrick “Rick” (Kristin) Durham of Brentwood, Tennessee; daughter, Denise (James) Morrisey; grandchildren, Matthew Morrissey, Jordon Morrissey and Myles Fox Morrissey all of Franklin, Tennessee; brother, Donald (Anita) Durham of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; sisters, Mary Jean Dorris of White House, Tennessee, Virginia (Kenneth) Plumlee of Lakeland, Florida, and Jerald Ann (Bruce) Johnson of Franklin, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN. Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. March 20, 2019 at Old Beech Cemetery at Beech Presbyterian Church, 3216 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN 37075, the Rev. Sandra Randleman officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, Anthony Durham, Ed Durham, Randy Durham, Bob Dorris, David Johnson, Daryl Hutchison and Tom Weatherford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


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