James William "Jimmy" Ogden, 68 of Knoxville, died Friday evening, February 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. "Bill" and Elizabeth S. "Betsy" Ogden. He is survived by his sisters, Susan O. Calderòn of Knoxville, Trudy O. James of Atlanta, and Linda O. Holt of Knoxville; and his brother and sister-in-law Tim and Stephanie Ogden of Knoxville, as well as ten nieces and nephews and their families. He was a long-time member of The Christian Church of Fountain City, and he was cared for many years by the Sertoma Center in Knoxville. He loved God and Jesus, he loved his family and his many friends, and he was loved in return. "To know Jimmy is to Love Jimmy."
The family will receive friends at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel on Monday, February 24th from 5-7pm with a funeral service to follow at 7pm. The interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery Tuesday, February 25th at 11am. Officiants will be Dick Smelser, Paul Trumpore and Dr. David Eubanks. The family askes in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jimmy's memory to the Sertoma Center, 1400 E. 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917, or another organization of your choosing.
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I remember Jimmy going up to everybody saying, "I like tea. Do you like tea?" I'm so sure that Bill and Betsy greeted him at the gates of Heaven with open arms. Love you all.
Our thoughts and prayers with you all .
Jimmy john was always like part of our family my mom would babysit him and she loved him and he loved her .
We all loved him also as well as all the other family members.we love you all and are praying for you during this difficult time. For those that do not know o am Hazel's daughter s Angela,
Cindy , Mandi ,and her son Michael.
I have known Jimmy since he was about 14 years old. Later I had the privilege of being his minister. During this time there are more blessings than I can share here. We always sang a song together, and it says it all. He's Able He's Able I know He's Able, I know My Lord is Able to Carry Me Through. Our Lord is carrying Jimmy through it all. God Bless!
In the Summer of 1969, after graduating from Johnson Bible College, I had the honor of living with the Ogden family. Jimmy and I had a special bond. I worked nights and slept days, quite often, Jimmie sat in my bedroom watching me sleep until I woke to watch the TV show Dark Shadows together. A forever memory was him helping me paint a ceramic nativity which I use yearly and remember those times as I look at the camels. Always a smile and constant reminder of who Jimmy was. A great friend.
Love and prayers to Jimmy’s family. It is a blessing knowing Susan, but I missed a blessing not knowing precious Jimmy. Donna Thompson Clark
Jimmy and I were cousins born within a month of each other and lived one house apart growing up. Although his mind may never have advanced beyond childhood, he had a heart larger than most and filled with love. Sleep in Christ, sweet man. Sending love and strength to his family.
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