James Edward "Jimmy"
Published in The Tennessean on December 31, 2012
James "Jimmy" Edward Of Nashville. Passed away on Friday, December
28, 2012 at the age of 82 after a long battle with pneumonia.
He was born to the late Mattie Pearl Gidcomb and Ernest Monroe Gidcomb
of Nashville. The love of his life was his wife of 56 years, Patricia
"Patsy" Emily Hall Gidcomb, who passed away only 7 months ago.
Jimmy has now gone to join her in Heaven. Jimmy was also preceded in death
by his son, James Edward Gidcomb, Jr.; sister, Mary Gidcomb Whittaker.
He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Oldham (Bruce) of Gallatin and
Patricia "Patty" Gidcomb of Nashville; his grandson, Nick Oldham
of Gallatin; his sister, Kathleen Marlin of Nashville.
Jimmy was a lifelong sports fan beginning in his teen years when he was
a batboy for the Nashville Vols at Sulfur Dell. He was a star catcher
and leading hitter for the North High School baseball team and was also
a standout player for Centenary Methodist Institute, where he was selected
as MVP; the Nashville Tennessean Junior League; and the Red Sox minor
league team in Morristown, Tennessee.
He served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Jimmy was a firefighter for the Metro Fire Department, where he was famous
for his ability to cook firehouse chili and spaghetti and also picked
up the nickname "Sweets" due to his fondness for candy. He had
risen through the ranks to become a Captain by the time he retired after
25 years of loyal service protecting the lives and property of Nashville
Jimmy continued to serve others after his retirement as a volunteer for
Second Harvest Food Bank. Jimmy's love and devotion will be deeply missed
by his daughters. He had a rough voice but a big heart. Jimmy did random
acts of kindness that only his family knew about, such as buying a new
pair of shoes for a child he saw walking past his home without any shoes.
He had a special talent for repairing just about anything, and enjoyed
fixing things for his family, friends and people in need. He was never
one to show much emotion, but if he greeted you by saying, "Hey there,
my good man," you know he thought of you as a friend.
Visitation will be at Eastland Funeral Home, 904 Gallatin Avenue in Nashville
from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 and on Thursday from 12 noon
til 1:30 p.m., with funeral services to be held at the same location on
Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor John Swyer officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Friends and Family serving
In lieu of flowers, you may send contributions to St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Nashville.
The family sends out special thanks to the staff at Trevecca Health &
Rehab Center for the wonderful care they gave our father.