James Earl Ivey

Resided in White House, TN

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James “Jimmy” Earl Ivey passed away at his home in White House, TN on Friday, April 3rd, 2020. Jimmy has worked as a network engineer for the past 21 plus years. He was an avid reader and musician, AKA “bass man”. He is survived by his wife, LaDonna Ivey, their son, Austin Ivey, and daughter, Alyssa Ivey, both of White House, TN, his mother, Jane Ivey of Clinton, TN, brother, Kenneth Ivey Jr and wife Sandra of Knoxville, TN, and four sisters, Leslie Turpin and husband Rhett of Rocky Top, TN, Faith Dykes and husband Calvin of Clinton, TN, Joy England and husband Jason of Las Vegas, NV, Nancy Eicher and husband Gary of Powell, TN, and mother-in-law, Sherry McClenney of White House, TN, and brother-in-law, Michael McClenney and wife Jennifer of Memphis, TN, and sister-in-law, Lisa Frazier and husband Phillip of Dyersburg, TN, 20 nieces and nephews, and four great nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father, Rev. Kenneth Ivey, and father-in-law, Rev. Mike McClenney. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Arrangements will be announced at a later time.

41 Comments to James Earl Ivey

  1. Eric Diaz
    April 6, 2020 7:33 pm

    Love you Jimmy. You were brother, friend, fellow-musician, fellow-elder and just flat out a joy to be with. You made us laugh and your kind gentle spirit has left a lasting impact on my family. The support and trust you willingly gave to us as we led your children at CWC gave us confidence. We’ll miss you. LaDonna, we pray for God’s peace and presence to embrace you in the days to come. Austin, what an incredible man you have become and you carry more than just dad’s smile you carry his legacy and spirit. Alyssa, the love your dad has for you is a love I want to always have for my daughter; such an inspiring and genuine love. Carry that with you always. The Diaz crew loves you all so very much.

  2. Gary & Sherri Thompson
    April 6, 2020 7:53 pm

    Jimmy was an amazing man. I have a very beautiful picture of him praying with my son at the alter. I will never forget that. Such a wonderful man of God. Rest In Peace in the arms of Jesus. We will never forget you.

  3. Vickie Cothern
    April 6, 2020 8:03 pm

    I worked with Jimmy at First Data/Stewart Title until I retired. He was always a gentleman, patient , soft spoken and always available when we had computer issues. You could tell Jimmy was a Christian. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of the good ones.

  4. Janice Tittle Haynes
    April 6, 2020 8:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  5. Priscilla Turnbo
    April 6, 2020 8:27 pm

    Our hearts go out to you as we lift y’all up in prayer. My Gods peace surround you.

  6. Phillip Frazier
    April 6, 2020 8:32 pm

    Words can’t express how great of a man Jimmy was. He was one of the kindest, most generous and genuine guys you’ll ever meet. I remember a lot of his expressions, one of which I’ve used quite frequently, ” Pedal on the right”. I’ll never forget him. No doubt il see again someday!

  7. Linda D McClenney
    April 6, 2020 8:36 pm

    You will be missed by so many, you were such a good man, Janie wanted me to send her love and prayers too, we Love you all and you are in our thoughts and Prayers.

  8. Chris Warpool
    April 6, 2020 8:45 pm

    My sincere condolences to everyone. Always a great conversation with him every time we came across each other. Prayers to you all.

  9. Aaron Hyden
    April 6, 2020 8:54 pm

    Jimmy was one of the best men on this planet. He will be greatly missed. Looking forward to seeing him again real soon.

  10. Ralph Jones
    April 6, 2020 8:58 pm

    Praying for the entire family. May the peace of God that passes all understanding comfort you in this time of loss.

  11. Matt Webster
    April 6, 2020 9:00 pm

    I always thought that Jimmy was the coolest. When he worked at the school, he was always super nice to me and always called me “Matthias.” That name stuck and he would call me that any time I saw him when he was in town visiting. He was so kind-hearted and loving and just a really special guy. Always smiling whenever I saw him.

    I am very sorry that he is gone, but I’m thankful that I know where he is and that we’ll get to see him again. My love to all of you! You are in my prayers.

  12. Angela Clapp (Young)
    April 6, 2020 9:21 pm

    Such a loving and caring man. He helped my siblings and I in many ways. I pray for peace and comfort for the family.

  13. Norma Day
    April 6, 2020 9:45 pm

    Jimmy was such a kind and caring person. He was always very nice to our children when they attended Faith Christian School many years ago. We are praying for your family.

  14. Jeff and Connie Ball
    April 6, 2020 9:48 pm

    Our hearts and prayers with the family of Jimmy.., now in the presence of the Lord..,
    We will meet again,some sweet day.., in Heaven above..

  15. John Williams
    April 6, 2020 9:59 pm

    He was my friend. Eric Diaz wrote everything perfectly. He was always a joy to be around. We had kindred spirits. He was a great man, and we will miss him so very much. Love you all very, very much.

  16. Robert Dykes
    April 6, 2020 10:22 pm

    Wow, so many memories when we were growing up, spending most of the summer at each other’s house. Countless trips to Florida most of the time staying with church family and late nights on the pier shrimping.

    I could go on and on and even though distance separated us these last years you were always my other brother.

    LaDonna, I pray that God will give you, Austin and Alyssa the peace and comfort that only He can give.

    Jim, I love you brother and I will see you again, oh yeah, hug our dad’s for me, ok?

  17. Teresa Chadwell
    April 6, 2020 10:27 pm

    Prayers for comfort during such a difficult time. My condolences to each one of you.

  18. Jessica Chadwell
    April 6, 2020 10:40 pm

    Jimmy was simply the best. He was my godfather and was a constant in my childhood. He was like a 2nd dad to me and I’ll always cherish the memories I have of him. The coolest, kindest, funniest and just best guy all around. He was always a light walking into a room. He will truly and always be missed and I hate that my kids won’t be able to grow up with “Uncle Jimmy” like I did.

    LaDonna, lots of prayers to you, Austin, and Alyssa at this terrible time. I can’t imagine the pain you feel.

  19. Julie Wood
    April 7, 2020 8:32 am

    Jimmy was such a sweet boy in high school – I’m sorry I did not know him as the wonderful man he grew into. Sincere condolences to his family.

  20. Leanna Cate
    April 7, 2020 9:09 am

    I haven’t seen Jimmy since high school, I guess. I have fond memories of him. We were members of our fictitious group “PK Honor Society” as fellow Preacher’s Kids. 🤪😂🤣 Seems we got blamed for stuff none of us really did!

    He was in many of my classes but of course I remember Choir and Band the most. And our Bahama Cruise!! Always full of energy, a joke, a prank, and MUSIC.

    God Speed Jimmy. Enjoy the music!!

  21. Yvonne Watson
    April 7, 2020 10:48 am

    I grew up with Jimmy arguing with him all the time
    About if we were kin or not.
    I loved Jimmy like a brother though .
    I’m so sorry for your loss and my prayers
    Go to your family .
    Goodbye brother in Christ
    Your childhood friend
    Yvonne Watson

  22. Lisa Pruitt (Sharp)
    April 7, 2020 1:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Jimmy since high school. He was a very nice and funny guy. He was in my choir class. My prayers are with you and the entire family.

  23. Bob Lauer
    April 7, 2020 1:29 pm

    Jimmy was one of my best friends in high school. Fond memories. I regret that we lost touch. He was one of the good ones and from reading these messages it sounds like he stayed true to his character. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

    • Linda smith
      April 10, 2020 3:40 pm

      Will truly be missed. Jimmy was always happy hearted. God’s speed. I know you’ve got all of them rolling with laughter in heaven. I’ll see you again one day my friend.

  24. John Murray
    April 7, 2020 1:47 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy a couple of times at church and he was a kind man, my prayers go out to his family and friends, it’s my prayer that the Lord give his peace to the family.

  25. Clarissa Furlong
    April 7, 2020 2:17 pm

    I had such a crush on Jimmy. He was always so funny and sweet. I’m sorry to learn of his passing, but so happy that he had such a full, rich life. My prayers for his family and friends.

  26. Trevor Stokes
    April 7, 2020 2:23 pm

    I hadn’t seen or spoken to Jimmy in many years, but all my memories are of a remarkably warm, authentic and caring human being. His heartfelt concern for students, coworkers and friends was inspirational. He will be missed.

    Thinking of LaDonna and the kids…

  27. Mike Raymond
    April 7, 2020 4:45 pm

    Jimmy was always a gentleman and would help you with anything you needed help with. He was one of the nicest men I have ever known. He’d always end each conversation asking “What else?” because he wanted to make sure he’d taken care of all your needs that he could help with. What else now, Jimmy? Rest my friend. You have earned and I am sure the Lord is telling “job well done”.

  28. Barry Hyden
    April 7, 2020 5:21 pm

    Jimmy was a good man and a good friend. I have many fond memories of him as a teacher and a mentor and as a Godly example to follow. He allowed us to have fun at school and on the various trips we took and he always went full steam ahead in playing the bass in praise and worship. May God comfort and heal those left behind and it will be great to see him on the other side.

  29. Jim Nixon
    April 7, 2020 9:17 pm

    Jimmy may you rest in peace in the arms of God, no more suffering, no more pain, just joy and peace forever more. LaDonna I can’t even imagine how much you must be missing the love of your life. My prayer is that somehow in this you will be able to find peace and comfort. We love you and your family so much.

  30. Tammy Holt Emch
    April 7, 2020 11:54 pm

    Deepest sympathy for the Ivey family. We all grew up and married, but I remember Jimmy’s playing music at church well.

  31. Sarbland Ahmad
    April 8, 2020 3:33 am

    Jimmy, you were a great teammate and amazing human being. You were always available whenever we need help. You’ll definitely be missed.
    Prayers and thoughts are with your family.
    Rest in Peace, Jimmy. 😢

  32. Melanie Feagan
    April 8, 2020 9:50 am

    What to say about Jimmy? He was the best and will be very missed.
    I have worked with Jimmy since he started at First Data/Stewart 15 years ago. He was always been eager to help and did it with a smile. I could turn to Jimmy for something and know he would have an answer or at least get me on the right path. And Jimmy never sounded annoyed or frustrated. Busy, yes, but he took everything with grace and humor.

    Even though our jobs have taken different paths lately, we still had a lot of common tasks and chatted every now and then. I will miss the chats. He was genuine and really wanted to know about what was going on and how life was. I wish we had more time. One more chat.

    I am very fortunate to be one of the many who referred to Jimmy as a friend. My heart goes out to you LaDonna, Austin, and Alyssa and wishing you comfort in the memories you all have of this great man, husband, and father.

  33. Ken Ivey
    April 8, 2020 12:00 pm

    To my beloved brother and true friend. I still can’t believe you are gone. I know that you are with Jesus and our Fathers, both Heavenly and earthly. I know I will see you again. I love you dearly.

    To LaDonna, Austin, and Alyssa. I know this is a terrible time for you guys, but I know the Love of God and your faith in him will see you through. You know what the Word tells us about life after our lives here. I am continually praying for you and will always be here when you need anything.

    To everyone else. Jimmy truly was a good and kind person. He was always quick with a joke or funny story. And, he cared about everyone he met. He was also one to jump in and help whenever anyone needed help. We have lost a good one.

    • Linda Simpson Moore
      April 9, 2020 10:52 am

      Ken, So sorry for the loss of your brother. I know he was a special person because he had you to look up to. I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

  34. Chris Starling
    April 9, 2020 12:57 pm

    I am thankful to have known Jimmy through working with him over the years. Just a great guy and someone you could always count on. I’ll miss his gracious attitude and willingness to help however he could. It is uplifting to see how many lives he touched and the legacy of friends and family he has.

  35. Mark Woodward
    April 9, 2020 1:24 pm

    I have been out of contact with Jimmy for a number of years but many of my best memories as a young parent at the time, are of Jimmy and his loving, kind and always positive attitude. He and Ladonna made an impact on my kids lives just by knowing they could be counted on when they needed a friend. Just like his dad, he will always hold a special place in my family’s heart. It hurt me initially to hear the news of his passing, knowing that his family and all that ever knew him will feel the loss of his sweet nature and presence.
    But my thoughts almost immediately went to the reunion that was taking place in heaven with his dad, grandmother and the others that that had the pleasure of knowing him and had gone before him. He will be missed by those left in this temporary journey but we will join that reunion one day if we serve the One that Jimmy served. My heartfelt condolences go out to Ladonna and his children.

  36. Mian Maxwell
    April 14, 2020 3:41 pm

    I worked with Jimmy at First Data / Stewart Title. He was a great guy and always willing to help you out, or point you in the right direction if he couldn’t. He will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  37. Janie Tantisook
    April 15, 2020 9:25 am

    I will miss this guy as he was my go to guy for work. He always , always assisted until he could not and only then would he would direct me in the path I should take. I believe I will keep following his path as all the testimonies here show me he knows the way.
    Prayers of peace to his family and friends.

  38. Lydia Mendez
    April 15, 2020 10:29 am

    My deepest condolences to the family. I did not know Mr. Ivey but from what I’ve read about him in everyone’s comments he is truly a greatly gifted and humbling gentleman. And I say is because he is present with the Lord. I live in Allen, TX and work for Stewart Title for 7 years. May God be with you all. Take care of one another and keep loving.

  39. Marcus Young
    April 15, 2020 9:09 pm

    Jimmy had a profound impact on my life. I remember that he was always tinkering with stuff. His guidance and influence led me to choose engineering school. Though we lost touch over the years, I will always remember him. He is missed

    My sincerest prayers and condolences to Jimmy and his family.

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