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    - Nancy Merk
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CARELL, James W. - Age 77. September 8, 2013. Born in Nashville on July 19, 1936, Mr. Jim Carell had an impact on this city and its citizens throughout his life with his businesses and his philanthropy. A product of Catholic schools for his entire education, he graduated from Christ the King Grade School and was a proud member of the Class of 1954 at Father Ryan High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame in 1958. An entrepreneur at a very young age, he operated his own shoeshine stand every Saturday near Christ the King while he was still in grade school; he launched his career with Mutual of Omaha right out of college and went on to start successful businesses in insurance, office products, real estate and healthcare. One of the nation's top producers for Mutual of Omaha in the early 1960s, he introduced new technology and analytics to his own firm that were soon adopted by the company nationwide. Recognizing the importance of education, he channeled his business success into long and generous philanthropic support of educational institutions throughout the area. He believed that education made the difference in people's lives, and the earlier the better, so his generosity extended to Father Ryan, St. Edward, Christ the King, St. Bernard, Pope John Paul II and numerous other schools throughout middle Tennessee. He knew that giving spurred giving, and he relished providing challenge gifts to encourage others to support. His generosity earned him the Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2007. He was predeceased by his parents, Monroe and Edith Carell, and his brother, Monroe Carell, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Jan, and children, James Monroe (Traci) Carell, Christine Carell (John) Palmer, Richard Potter (Devi) Carell, Michael Joseph (Jennifer) Carell, Eily Carell (Charles) Nicholson, Wilma "Tootser" Carell, Tina Marie (Duran) McIntosh and Jeff Lee Ponchilla. He always smiled when he heard the name Bops, because it meant one or more of his 20 grand and great-grandchildren were nearby: John Gray Palmer III, Nancy Keen Palmer and Christine "Carell" Palmer, Jack Monroe Carell, Hunter Nicole, Regan Christine, James William II, and Bennett Andrew Carell, Peyton Christian, Justin William, and Emilie Elizabeth Carell; Austin Matthew Allen, Taylor Christian Floyd, Savana Lee Floyd and Jackson Ray, and Elizabeth Holly McIntosh, Ashlee Marie and Dalton Allan Ponchilla, and Aaron Fazzari; and great-granddaughter, Lilah Keen Palmer. Funeral Mass will be said on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11 a.m., at St. Edward Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 5-8 p.m., at St. Edward Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. The private burial ceremony will follow. Pallbearers are Danny Dugan, Travis Anderson, Bill Ramsey, Mike Drennan, Chuck Polastek, Dalton Ponchilla, Gray Palmer and Mike House. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the James W. Carell Charitable Trust, c/o Capstar Bank, 2321 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215.


Published in The Tennessean from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2013
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