James “Jim” Nance

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

James “Jim” Nance, of the Tyler, Mo., Community, went to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at the age of 81.

Jim was born in Cooter, Mo., and was the youngest of five children. His love of farming led him to work in the grain business, and he was formerly employed with Farmers Soybean Corp and retired from Bunge Corporation in 2007. Since his retirement, Jim has held several positions including working for Cobb Funeral Home and in more recent years to present, Stracener Brothers. Jim’s work ethic was beyond compare which was reflected by his many advances, promotions and acknowledgments that he received.

As an active member of Armorel Baptist Church for over 20 years, his daily life was a testimony of his unwavering faith. He was a devoted family man and nothing brought him more joy than time with those he loved, especially his grandchildren. Jim was the glue that held his family together. He was an avid Memphis Tiger fan and loved the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening. At the age of 77, Jim traveled down the Mighty Mississippi from Helena, Ark., to New Orleans, La., in a 14-foot jon boat, marking the adventure off of his bucket list. Jim’s fun-loving personality and sense of humor could always find humor in any situation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie B. and Mary Hawkins Nance; and siblings, Chuck Nance and Rhena Lindsey.

Jim leaves his beloved wife of 24 years, Pat Nance of the home; children, Cindy McLarty and husband Kevin of Collierville, Tenn., Jeff Nance and his wife Hope of Lakeland, Tenn., Ricky Williamson, Mark Williamson and his wife Cindy, Paul Williamson and his wife Mandy, all of the Tyler Community; sisters, Wilma Barnes of the Tyler Community and Joyce Fairfield of Fairfield Bay; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date. The family wishes to thank everyone for all the love and support they have received honoring Jim’s memory. The family requests any memorials be made to Armorel Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.