MT. JULIET -- James M. Donnell, born Dec. 31, 1941 a life long resident of Wilson County died peacefully at Nashville's St.Thomas Hospital on March 29, 2011. Jim fought a long and courageous battle with lung disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip & Annette McAdoo Donnell and grandparents Tom & Mary McAdoo, who were the original owners of McAdoo’s department store and helped start up the Lebanon Bank, (later becoming First TN bank). He attended Lebanon City Schools and upon graduation the University of Miami. While in his second year at the University of Miami his dad passed away and Jim returned to Lebanon to help his mother run their dairy farm and attended Cumberland University where he met his soon to be wife, Sandy DiBella. He then transferred to M.T.S.U.
A life long athlete, Jim enjoyed, baseball, tennis, scuba diving, hunting and fishing. Throughout his life he traveled the U.S. and abroad introducing his wife and children to many foreign countries and cultures. Jim had a career of 33 years as a Civil Engineer writing Environmental Impact Statements for T.D.O.T
He attended U.T. Nashville where he did additional accreditations in engineering. He retired in 1997 and he & his wife divided their time traveling and visiting their Destin Florida home. He had a strong commitment to helping others, but often did it quietly and without fanfare. He was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Mt. Juliet Tennis Association and a supporter to help save endangered species.
Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandy DiBella Donnell, beloved children Danielle Donnell Rodriguez, Philip Anthony Donnell, grandchildren and the love of his life, Keaton James Rodriguez & Francesca Isabella Rodriguez, and sister Mary Tom Haun (Dr. Roland Haun).
A Memorial Service will be conducted by Father Patrick Kibby at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at St. Stephens Catholic Community, Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet. .Honorary pallbearers are: Rev. Will Campbell, Jimmy McDowell, George Lowery, Edsel Pleming, Jim Johnson, Kenneth Nelson, Paul Pickney, John McBride, Dr. Angelo Canonico, Dr. Charles Carr, Harold Bradley, Mickey Davis, the N.J. DiBella family & WCWIG.
Donations may be made to: Cumberland University Office of Advancement, St. Stephens Catholic Community, Wilson Books fromBirth.
The family sends a special thanks to Dr. Angelo Canonico and the nursing staff of St. Thomas Hospital.