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James E. Mann

September 18, 1929 — June 10, 2024

James Edward “Jimmy” Mann, age 94, formerly of Pell City, AL passed away Monday, June 10, 2024. He was born on September 18, 1929 in Inglenook, AL as the second son of Mae and Andrew Mann. His older brother William “Bo” Mann, preceded him in death. After graduating from Phillips High School, he enlisted in the navy where he served as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class aboard the USS Macon. During his time with the navy, he played catcher for the Charleston Naval Base softball team. He also had the unique privilege of piloting a landing ship carrying heavy equipment to Greenland that was used to build Camp Century - “The City Under Ice.”

Shortly after beginning his service to our country, he wed the strong but gentle Mary Ethel Martin. Together, they raised two wonderful men, Michael Edward Mann of Huntsville and Mark Andrew Mann of Theodore and enjoyed 37 years of marriage. 

After completing his service in the navy, he returned with his family to Birmingham, where he began a long career with L&N Railroad (later CSX), working his way up to Trainmaster of the Mobile division. 

He cared for his beloved Mary until her passing in 1986. In time he began attending Alabama football games with his long-time friend, Shirley, who had recently lost her husband. Their friendship grew into love and, a few years later, they were married. After retiring they chose lake life, moving to Pell City full time. Jimmy served as a deacon at First Baptist Pell City and was Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Pell City. 

He was known for his love of fishing, woodworking, wine making, and taking good care of those he loved. He will be deeply missed, but we celebrate his reunion with the Savior. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, Tunnels to Towers, or Folds of Honor to honor our veterans, first responders, and their families.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

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1591 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham, AL 35235

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1591 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham, AL 35235

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