James “Jim” Allen Krell, 78, of Johnson City, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021 at home.

Jim was born and raised in Washington County. In 1967, he and his wife moved to Morristown, where they lived for 36 years. They moved back to Jonesborough in 2003.

He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the US Army 25th Infantry Division. He spent 40 years in retail and wholesale grocery sales. He began his career with Giant Food Market. Later he had his own distributorship with Murray Cookie Company for 20 years. He retired in 2004 from Food City.

He was a dedicated member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on various committees. He also helped with weekly services at Lakebridge Nursing Home.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

He was a son of the late John Lester Krell and Elizabeth Humphries Krell. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Lonnie, John and George Krell; and two sisters, Mildred Lilley and Leona Bayne.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Huffine Krell; two sons, Allen (Penny) Krell and Anthony (Heather) Krell; three grandchildren, Kelly (Jonathan) Tackett, Ashlyn Krell and Daniel Krell; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Tackett; two sisters, Alice (Bobby) Harrell and Mary (John) Brown; one brother, Larry Krell; one sister-in-law, Dorothy (David) Keys; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 15 at Antioch Baptist Church, Johnson City. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Pete Tackett and Rev. Rick Dinkins officiating. The graveside committal service will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, September 16 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Richard Long officiating. The Johnson City VFW Post #2108 will accord military honors. Minister, family and friends are requested to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m., Thursday.

Active pallbearers will be Daniel Krell, Jonathan Tackett, Jerry Bailey, David Keys, John Brown and Tracy Teal.

The family requests sympathy be expressed by memorial contributions to the building fund of Antioch Baptist Church, 1014 Antioch Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604.

Due to COVID concerns, masks are preferred.

Arrangements by: Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City

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