James Ray Nettles
July 4, 1945 – Feb. 5, 2021
James Ray Nettles, 75, died Feb. 5, 2021, at home after a brief illness. He was born July 4, 1945.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia Paulette Nettles. He is also survived by one son, Joseph (Laura) of Hamilton; three daughters: Elizabeth Nettles (her special friend Danielle Stampley) of Brandon, Sharon Williams (Heath) of Holly Pond, AL, and Angela Atkinson (Payne) of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren Royce, Madeline, Audrey, Camille and Ava Nettles; Helen, Nettie, Bethel and Amos Williams; Emma, Clark, Anne Frances and Ashley Atkinson; one brother Jewel Nettles (Catherine) of Lexie; two sisters Mary Jo Dribben (Albert) of Rathdrum, ID, Dorothy Nettles of McComb, and a very special sister-in-law, Kate Nettles of Lexie.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Nelson Julius and Myrtis Marie Nettles, two brothers Wayne and Dort Nettles and one grandson Hugh Atkinson.
Nettles was a member and deacon of Mt Vernon Primitive Baptist church in Fairview, AL. He was passionate about his savior, Jesus Christ and his church. When able, he loved to help in leading the song service. He graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with his bachelors in business, as well as obtaining certifications from LSU school of banking and the University of OK school of lending. Nettles was licensed in real estate and insurance. He retired with the MS Public Employment Retirement System.
A funeral service was Feb. 9, 2021, at Mt. Vernon PBC in Fairview, AL, Eld. Victor Quick and Eld. Heath Williams presiding. There will be no graveside service.
Pallbearers were Royce Nettles, Clark Atkinson, James Dort Nettles, Alex Nettles, Adam Nettles, Greg Key and Ethan Flack.
Memorials can be made to Mt Vernon PBC, 1055 County Road 1709, Holly Pond, AL 35083.
Holly Pond Funeral Home of Holly Pond, AL, was in charge of the arrangements.