James E. Terrell, 77, a resident of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, under hospice care with his loving family by his side. Jim was born December 29, 1942 to Earl “Arthur” and Susan (Tevis) Terrell in Warrensburg, MO.
Jim is a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam Era.
Jim spent the majority of his working career as a Purchasing Manager for Coopers Animal Health and later Trans World Airlines (TWA) and American Airlines. He retired from the airlines after 20+ years of service. Shortly after his retirement, Jim started Flooring Direct of KC; a family owned flooring business with his son, Chris.
He enjoyed starting his mornings being a porch monkey on his back deck, drinking a cup of coffee and taking in the calmness of the lake. Jim enjoyed cooking and bar-b-queuing for his family and friends. His granddaughters: Lauren and Lexi, say their “Grandpa” cooked the BEST food ever. Jim was much more then a Grandpa to them he was their best friend and helped them both through many life issues as he did many others.
Jim also enjoyed traveling earlier on with Debby and loved Colorado and Kauai. He loved spending quality time with the love of his life Debby, Chris, Lauren and Lexi. A quote by C. M. Christensen might be a good description of Jim’s family and friends – as they meant the world to him: “The single most important factor in our long-term happiness is the relationships we have with our family and close friends.”
Jim loved his family, but also loved fishing. He was an avid fisherman; who enjoyed participating in and winning many tournaments or leisurely taking the family out for a quiet time on the lake. The biggest attribute of Jim was his loyalty to his family and friends. Jim cared for Debby for the last 12 years at home while she suffered from Alzheimer’s, currently with ending stages Alzheimer’s. Jim never complained nor asked for any help as he cared for her, he attended to the business and household needs, fishing when he could and always being there for his son and grandkids or friends. To say Jim was a rock to all was an understatement.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Vandiver) Terrell; son, Chris Terrell (fiancé Amy Schneider); two beautiful granddaughters Lauren and Lexi Terrell; a sister, Sophie Bryant (husband Bob); and special friend, Rodger Crews.
A Gathering and Sharing of Memories celebrating Jim’s life will be held from 5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020 with Military Honors under auspice of the United States Army at Terrace Park Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 wearing a facial mask will be required at the chapel and graveside. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the care of the funeral chapel. Memories of Jim and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com