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James Raymond Fish, 83
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James Raymond Fish, 83, of McMinnville passed from this life on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.

Born Monday, Feb. 7, 1938 in Smithville, he was the son of the late Wiley Fish and the late Ceva Raymond Fish. May 11, 1962 was the day he married Wilma Lois Padgett Fish, the love of his life. He was of the Pentecostal faith, and he shared his faith with all who would listen.

He loved being a husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to all he was blessed to have in his life. His surviving family members are thankful to all who loved him in return.

James is survived by his wife, Wilma Lois Padgett Fish, daughter Tena McMahan and husband Richard, granddaughter Sarah Lara and husband Adam, brother Charles Fish and wife Barbara, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Morris and Shirley Neal, Rose Padgett Campbell, Jimmie Mae and David Brass, Ralph and Marilyn Padgett, John and Marie Padgett and Clay Randolph. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who he loved dearly also survive.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sister Betty Ruth Fish Moore and husband Harold, sister-in-law Ruth Padgett Neal, and two brothers-in-law, Zeddie Campbell and Paul Padgett.

Funeral service was 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home with Daniel Campbell officiating. Interment followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Smartt. Online condolences may be made at

Gardens of Memory is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 2, 2022