James Thomas Harrell III

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On Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, Col. James Thomas Harrell III, USMC, Retired, known affectionately as Jim, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away of natural causes at the age of 85 while wintering in Palm Desert, Calif.
Jim will forever be remembered by his wife Mary Clay Heiner; his sister-in-law Nancy McGlee Henricksen; his sister-in-law Caroline Bryan Harrell; his children Tom Harrell (Jennifer), Katherine Harrell Chase (Dan), Mary Whitney (Chris); and six grandchildren: Colton, Garrett, Haley Anne, Cooper, Cody Joe and Abigail.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.T. and Francis Harrell, parents-in-law Jim and Mary McGlee, his first wife Barbara Jo (McGlee) Harrell, his brother Robert Donald Harrell and his great-nephew James Thomas Harrell.
Jim grew up in West Point, Miss., where he excelled in football at West Point High School. He graduated from West Point High School in 1951 and Mississippi State in 1954. After college graduation, Jim entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he had an exciting, if hazardous, career serving his country in Vietnam, Europe and the U.S. After a full career of 26 years, Col. James Thomas Harrell III retired in 1980.
The next chapter of his life began as Jim followed his childhood dream and moved to the Colorado mountains. It was here in the Rocky Mountains that he found his passion, a passion in a landscape that could only be painted by God. He often was heard saying, "This is God's Country up here." His passion for the mountains and the great outdoors eventually led him into ranch real estate and a move to Jackson, Wyo., where he accomplished yet another dream, building a log home in the Teton Valley.
Jim was full of passion with a true love for life and sense of adventure. His optimistic "glass-is-half-full attitude" led him to fulfill his dreams as a colonel and a cowboy. A private memorial will be held this summer in Jackson, Wyo.


Published in Canyon Courier on Jan. 17, 2018
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