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Fee, ARP pastor, touched many lives

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Dr. James Fee

Dr. James Fee

Dr. James (Jim) Fee, 82, of Old Hickory, longtime pastor at Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, died Sunday morning (March 24, 2013) at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas in Nashville following an ongoing struggle with heart disease.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Fayetteville ARP Church with Dr. Calvin Todd and Mr. Jim Moran officiating. Dr. Fee will lie in state Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Fayetteville ARP Church. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family was Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

Dr. Fee was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Tipton County to the late Samuel and Sarah (Sage) Fee. He cherished his 63 years of marriage to high school sweetheart, Ruby (Osteen) Fee, whom he married on October 14, 1949.

He is survived by children, Jan (Mike) Little of Old Hickory, Cheri Fee of Nashville and Chris Fee of Old Hickory; brother, Charles Fee, Memphis; sister, Roberta Gray of Covington; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many close friends. Dr. Fee was preceded in death by his son, Scott (Vickie) Fee.

Dr. Fee graduated from Memphis State University. After college, he worked for the R.J. Reynolds Company until God called him into the ministry. He attended seminary at Erskine College. He would later receive an honorary doctorate from Erskine for his contributions to theology and preaching.

Dr. Fee held pastor positions at the Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church, Vidette, Ga.; Ebenezer ARP Church, Wrens, Ga.; Fayetteville ARP Church, Fayetteville; and Richland ARP Church, Rosemark.

Dr. Fee enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading, but the work of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ occupied the majority of his public and private life as he worked tirelessly, investing in the lives of others and modeling the love and compassion of his Lord. His fingerprints are left on countless communities, churches and individuals whom he influenced and inspired.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fayetteville ARP Church, 1720 Huntsville Hwy., Fayetteville, TN, 37334 or Alive Hospice Inpatient at St. Thomas Hospital, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN, 37203-9658.