James Ivan Spain

Born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 27, 1927

Departed on May 4, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Age 91, of Nashville, passed away May 4, 2019.

A loving husband and father who had great compassion for all and served selflessly. James retired from the United States Army and The Department of Labor.

Preceded in death by his brother, Charles Alan Spain. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elisabeth Anna Spain; children, Sue Goodrich (David), James D. Spain (Claire D.) and Sarah Spain Bevill (Darren); grandchildren, Timothy Goodrich (Katie), Jacob E. Spain, Lucas Bevill, Daniel Goodrich and Emeline Bevill; great-grandchild, Finn D. Spain; many extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation will be 9:30am-10:30am, Friday, May 10th at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills with burial to follow at 11:00am at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221, 615-646-9292, harpethhills.com

8 Comments to James Ivan Spain

  1. Suzy Anderson
    May 6, 2019 8:13 pm

    To Jim, one of the kindest souls that I’ve had the privilege of knowing, thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your journey here. I will miss your delightful sense of humor and look forward to seeing you again when my journey is done.

    To Elizabeth, God bless you! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  2. Kay Anderson
    May 6, 2019 9:22 pm

    Dear Elizabeth,
    I am thinking of you! ❤️❤️❤️
    Kay Anderson

  3. Kas
    May 6, 2019 11:58 pm

    While I didn’t know James Ivan Spain personally, judging from what I had heard from a good friend about his grandfather, and from what it seemed, his hero – James was a lionhearted man, a supportive father, and a wonderful grandfather. I hope that his next journey is one that treats him well.

  4. Betty Ann & Tim
    May 7, 2019 11:17 am

    Grateful to have known our longtime neighbor. Jim shared his humor and wonderful smile easily. Especially thankful to James for his service.

    Sending lots of love, hug and prayers Elizabeth’s way.

    Much love,

    Betty Ann & Tim

  5. Charmaine Briggs
    May 7, 2019 5:21 pm

    Sue and David, Mike and I are so very sorry. We know you will miss your dad. He is suffering no more. We pray that your mom will manage okay. She is blessed to have you nearby. Love to you and your family.

  6. Kimberly Martin
    May 8, 2019 7:23 pm

    Did not know Jim. Saute to a veteran!!! He served our country well. To his loving wife who took diligent care of him . SAUTE! Love knows no boundaries! ❤️

  7. David Lee Foster
    May 10, 2019 11:27 am

    Dear Uncle James, I just sent you a letter, reaching out to you, I’ve been looking for you all my life, so sorry I never got to meet you or your family. May you Rest In Peace, prayer sent.

  8. Joyce Wisby
    May 11, 2019 1:06 pm


    I am sorry for your loss, but always remember the beautiful caregiver you were during Jim’s journey. My prayer is that your family will be sustained during this sad time by all of the loving memories you have of Jim as a husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and friend. He will be missed!

    Joyce Wisby

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