James “Jim” Wesley Fentress, 78, of Fairhope, AL, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Jim was born in Washington, D.C. to John Leo Fentress and Mary Dee Billings Fentress. He grew up in the Virginia area along with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He worked many jobs as a young man, including working at his family’s grocery store and on their farm. Jim was a people person and developed a strong work ethic early on, which he carried throughout his life.
Jim completed his associate degree in business from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He also served in the Air National Guard. Jim loved to help people and never met a stranger. He found his most meaningful career later in life by opening his insurance agency. He received the 1988 Career Agent Achievement Award and the Quality Agent Award from American National Insurance. His business led him to meet and make many wonderful and life-long friends in the community.
Relationships were where Jim found his greatest joy. He loved to meet new people and would know and remember a person’s life story after meeting them only one time. Jim was full of life and wanted to get the most out of every moment. He always had a huge smile and a hug for everyone he met. He loved playing golf and cards with his friends, having fun with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking his family on vacations, and watching his beloved New Orleans Saints. He was the protective father, best friend, and trusted advisor to all that needed him. We will never be able to hear a Patsy Cline song, watch the waves rolling in at the beach, or drink a Bushwhacker without thinking of him.
In addition to his wife, Lillian, and his children, Wes Fentress (Anna) and Lyndsey Gwin (Trey), Jim is survived by his grandchildren, Rush (Monica), Ian (Madison), and Tripp Fentress, Lily Kate and Crawford Gwin; his great-grandchildren, Henry and Mayla Fentress; along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary Dee Fentress, brothers, John, Marc, and Nathaniel Fentress, and sisters, Jacquline Molloy and Mary Torjusen.
A funeral Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, 711 College Avenue in Daphne, AL, will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or the charity of your choice.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.