James "Jim" Garwood McFerrin, 75, of Hoover, AL, left his temporary home to be with the Lord on August 26, 2023. He is preceded in death by his father, Jimmie McFerrin and mother, Lucile Garwood McFerrin. He is survived by the mother of his children, Martha Lovell McFerrin; their 3 daughters, Jamie McFerrin Brown (Richard Brown), Rebekah McFerrin White (Steven White) and Meredith McFerrin Golden (Josh Golden); and 9 grandkids, James Reese Lester, Grace Lester Stoeck (Preston Stoeck), Luke White, Ella Brown, Malorie White, Trace Golden, Grayson White, Tanner Golden and Remi White.
Jim McFerrin was born in Little Rock, AR on July 22, 1948. He grew up in Austell, GA, and
graduated from Arlington Memorial High School in 1966, where he was the captain of 5 sports and was awarded most athletic, friendliest and best looking for Who's Who. He went on to attend Georgia State University and Middle Georgia College before enlisting in the United States Navy where he served during the Vietnam War. After his time serving, Jim moved to Atlanta where he met and married Martha Lovell. They moved to Birmingham, AL, where they raised their 3 daughters. He worked in healthcare administration throughout the Birmingham area, including overseeing several departments of UAB, ACIPCO and several smaller medical practices. He was a member of the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) in the 1980s and 1990s. Jim was a member of Shades Mountain Independent Church for many years where he served on the board, sang in the choir and southern gospel quartet, Cornerstone, and
was involved in many of the Easter and Christmas performances. After attending Shades
Mountain Independent Church, he regularly attended Church of the Highlands with his
daughters until he moved into an assisted living facility due to neuropathy. Jim was extremely involved in every extracurricular activity his daughters and grandchildren participated in. He loved to play golf, was a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, and loved Alabama football. You could find him just about every Saturday at Baumhower's watching the game with old friends. Above all of these interests, his greatest love was the Lord, and he had a heart for evangelism. Because of this, we have full confidence that we will see him again. While we grieve, we do not grieve like those with no hope.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home at 2701 John
Hawkins Parkway in Hoover, AL, on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023 at 10:00am, with
visitation at 9:00am prior to the service. Jim will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL with military service for the family.