James Edward Duran, 76, of Trussville, passed away at his home
Wednesday, July 22, 2020. He was born December 17, 1943 to O.D. and
Janice Duran in Pell City, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Science in
Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama
and went on to have a long career with the Internal Revenue Service.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Jaime Duran
Laird (Dexter). He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lois Lancaster
Duran, his father-in-law, Grady Lancaster, a step-daughter, Kelly
Turner (Jason), step-son, Pete Morrison (Jillian), a son-in-law, Dexter
Laird, and eight grandchildren: Jacob Riley Walker, James Maxwell Laird,
Luke William Turner, Layne Marie Turner, Judson Jones Turner, Samuel
Knox Turner, Adelaide Louise Morrison, and Callie Kay McLeod
Morrison. He is also survived by one sister, Sandra Duran Barrett
(Julious) and his niece, Deanna Barrett White (Jeff) and nephew, David
Barrett (Rhonda) along with great-nieces and nephews.
He loved to fish, go on cruises, spend time with his dogs, watch Alabama
football and study his Bible. Jim was an active church member at First
Baptist Church of Trussville. He dearly loved the men of the Dan Sims
Sunday School class. Over the years he served as a Sunday School teacher
and a variety of other roles of service.
Most importantly, Jim’s family takes great comfort in the fact that he
knows Jesus as his Lord and Savior and that he is with Him now, resting
in perfect peace.
A celebration of Jim’s life was held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at First
Baptist Church of Trussville. He was laid to rest on Tuesday, July 28 at
Jefferson Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the
Greater Birmingham Humane Society or the No Longer orphan ministry.
The serenity prayer had great significance in Jim’s life. Please consider
these words as you remember him.
“ God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I
can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
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