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“Jim was one of the sweetest men I ever met and Joni is a jewel. They became like family to me during my time as Director at the Arc of Anderson...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Melanie Stanley - Wartburg, TN

“Mr. Gary was such a welcome addition to Robertsville Chess Club. He was a wonderful mentor to our students, and has been missed these past few years...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Emily Sheppeard

“My condolences at your family loss. Our families have been connected over a great many years as Walter Gary was raised by my great aunt, Arwin...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: William S. Wallace, Jr. (Bill) - TN

“My association with Jim began when he joined the Oak Ridge-Breakfast Rotary Club. Jim was one of our active photographers and always had a smile and...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Robin Textor - Oak Ridge, TN

“I first met Jim when he was preaching in Evansville, IN. I was just beginning my ministry and counted him as a good friend. I'm sorry to learn of...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: J. Wayne Kilpatrick - Birmingham, AL

“May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Virginia Elkins - Edmond, OK

“Your family has been on my heart. Thoughts and prayers sent you way. May God comfort each and every one. Sincerely, Valerie Glass CNA ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Valerie Glass - Andersonville, TN

“Jimmy was one of my very favorite cousins. I can remember when he & Laura were teens spending the weekend with them in Oak Ridge. His Mother was my...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Gail Hutcheson Nunley - TN


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James Edward Gary, age 76 of Oak Ridge, departed this life on November 4 at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge due to complications caused by ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Gary was born on April 7, 1938 in Sale Creek, Tennessee to Walt and Irene Gary, both of whom proceeded him in death. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School and secured both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee.

In more than forty years serving as a Church of Christ minister, Mr. Gary served congregations in Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia including Signal Mountain, Mountain Creek, Ringgold, Brainerd and Harriman churches. Following retirement from the ministry, he worked as a counselor for Knox County Juvenile Court and as a client advocate for Emory Valley Center. Mr. Gary was an avid photographer and golfer.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Martha Gary. He is survived by his wife of 18 years Johnnie Gary and their children Mike (Cheryl) Gary of Huntsville, AL; Kathy (Dean) Murphy of Littleton, CO; Laura Lynn (Todd) Roland of Jackson, TN; and Greta (Jim) Ownby, Tamara (Keith) Rogers, and Annie (Ron) Cacheiro all of Oak Ridge. Left to cherish their memories of Grand Daddy, PoPo and Papa Jim are grandchildren and great grandchildren Andrew (Julia), Rachel, Ryan, Madison, Jesse, Alex, Avery, Jay, Jasmine, Bobby, Jacob, Marcus, Mateo, Maria, Nate, Ava and Jenna. Also, he is survived by his sister Laura (Jim) Waldron of Kingston, TN and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

If preferred, in-lieu-of flowers donations may be made to the donors charity of choice or The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter, PO Box 40244 Nashville, TN 37204-0244.

On Saturday, November 8 the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 pm at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge (127 Lafayette Drive) with a Celebration of Life at 4 pm at the church.