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James R. Steele, 76
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Mr. James R. Steele, 76, of McMinnville passed from this life on Friday, Dec. 25, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital in Nashville.
James was born Friday, Dec. 22, 1944 in McMinnville, the husband of Barbara Steele. His parents were the late Flavil and Vergie (Davenport) Steele Gilley.
James served in the U.S. Air Force and was of the Baptist faith. He was a factory worker and he retired from Yorozu in McMinnville. He was currently teaching maintenance at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McMinnville.
Survivors are wife of 50 years Barbara (Neal) Steele of McMinnville, two sons Jamie and wife Sonya Steele of McMinnville, Chris Mason of McMinnville, one daughter Lesa and husband Larry Delong of McMinnville, two brothers David and Laurel Steele of Chattanooga, Carl Steele of McMinnville, two sisters, Carolyn and George Patterson of McMinnville, Shirley and Tony Rymer of North Carolina, three grandchildern, Darren and Crystal Delong, Beth, and William Delong, all of McMinnville, seven great-grandchildren Sawyer Delong, Kayleigh Delong, Liam Delong, Lexie Delong, Riley Greene, River Greene, Harper Rust, all of McMinnville, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by parents Flavil and Vergie (Davenport) Steele Gilley, one brother Bill Steele, and one sister Brenda Blackburn.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gardens of Memory Cemetery located at 5201 Manchester Highway in Smartt with Darren Delong officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at
Gardens of Memory is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 30, 2020