Jimmy Lee Izell, 80, died June 15, 2015. He was born in Greenwood, Arkansas and was baptized in Excelsior Baptist Church where he was a member. Recently he has been attending Howard Hill Assembly of God.
Jimmy was predeceased by his parents, Jesse Cecil Izell and Opal Skinner Rausch Izell; Nettie Lou Webb Izell, his wife of 51 years; and a sister, Lucy Mae Rausch who died in 1980.
He is survived by three brothers; Bobby Wayne Izell and wife Helen of Hackett, Billy Pat Izell and wife Linda of Greenwood, and Benny Burt Rausch and wife Sue of Ratcliff; a daughter Janette and her husband John Farewell of Alta, California and a son, Terry Loren Izell and his wife Jessica of Greenwood; Grandsons Chase and Bailey Izell of Greenwood, Jarrett Farewell of Gold Run, California, Jacob Farewell of Billings, Montana, and Jordan Farewell of Alta California; and Great-grandchildren Lily, Grace, Malachi, and Ethan.
Jimmy was born November 13, 1934 and joined the army in 1952 during the Korean conflict. He was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana and was a field radio repairman. After his discharge in 1956 he lived in California and used his extensive mathematical skills to serve as sales manager for a lumber company. He also worked in real estate for a while before returning to Arkansas in 1991.
After retiring he kept busy as a cattle rancher.
Jimmy had three passions; motorcycles, fishing, and horse-racing. He bought motorcycles for both his children and taught them how to ride. While his children were growing up he would take them wherever they wanted to go on weekends. Janette chose the beach and Terry elected to go fishing. Jimmy also taught his grandchildren how to fish and Jordan is an avid fisherman to this day.
Jimmy Izell was a quiet, gentle man who was liked by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed, especially by his grandson Chase who has always been close to both Jim and Nettie.
The body was cremated and will be interned at Evans Cemetery in Excelsior.
The memorial service was held at McConnell Funeral home in Greenwood on Tuesday June 23.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army at 301 N. 6th st. in Fort Smith.
To place an online tribute go to www.mcconnellfh.com