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James Russell Hamblen, 78
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n Charleston, S.C., and passed of an extended illness on Oct. 14 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

The son of the late Capt. E.A. and Ruth Hamblen, Dr. Hamblen graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1966 then served his country in the United States Navy. In 1969, he chose to make McMinnville his home and opened his dental practice on Oct. 1. He was a life member of both the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association, where he was a past-president of the 4th District Dental Society. He was a member at Christ United Methodist Church where he had served the church in various capacities. A charter member and past-president of the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club, and he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He showed his love of the community through his acts of service and dedication to his profession.

In addition to wife Carol Lee Hamblen, Dr. Hamblen is survived by children, Michele (Chris) Brandjes of Knoxville, Douglas (Kimberly) Hamblen of Leesburg, Ga., Jason (Genevieve) Hamblen of Eads, TN, Leann (Dustin) Long of Vestavia Hills, AL, Megan (John) Taylor of McMinnville, and 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Bruce (Mary Ann) Hamblen of Jackson, sister Eunice Hamblen of Lighthouse Point, Fla., and aunt Jane Proffitt of Nashville, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday at High Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in High’s Chapel with Summer Worley officiating. Burial will be at Friendship Cemetery in Campaign. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the Christ United Methodist Church FUEL Fund, Rotary Foundation PolioPlus campaign, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 17, 2021