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James Eller

James “Jim” Isaac Eller, age 88 of Shady Valley, TN, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2020 at Bristol Regional Hospital with his family by his side. Jim was born in White Oak Flats in Shady Valley on September 17, 1931 to the late Avery and Betty Neely Eller. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wonderful wife of 35 years, Walsa McQueen Eller on September 15, 1992; son-in-law, Mike Chafin; several brothers and sisters.

Jim was a United States Marine and after serving he returned home where he had several jobs before starting at Raytheon from which he retired in 1993. Jim was a faithful member of the Shady Valley Church of Christ for over 60 years, attending regularly until his health declined. He lived with a quiet, strong spirit and example.

Those left to cherish his memories include two daughters Connie Garland (Rick) of Shady Valley, Kimmie Chafin of Mountain City; two grandsons, Hunter Blevins (Deana) of Mountain City, Steven Chafin (Crystal) of Bluff City; brother, Herman Eller (Marie) of Bristol, VA; sister, Gladys Rasnake, Bristol, VA; sister-in-law, Lois Walker of Shady Valley.

The family received friends Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with the funeral following at 7:00 at the Shady Valley Church of Christ. Officiating was Daniel Koen and Jim Sherman. A graveside service and burial were at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the McQueen family cemetery in Shady Valley, TN. Pallbearers were Hunter Blevins, Randy McQueen, Mark Gentry, Steven Chafin, Jeff Eller, Dennis Honaker, and Hal Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were Vergil Cretsinger, Riley Curd, Tom Reece, Jack Blevins, Men of Shady Valley Church of Christ and Crandall Church of Christ.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Raina Sluder and her staff, Ballad Home Health (Johnson County Home Health) Stacey Blair, R.N., Jeffrey Stopka, P.T., and Marshall Young P.T.. Friends and family may visit or call at the home, 2367 Winchester Road, Shady Valley, TN 37688.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shady Valley Fire Department, c/o Kenneth McQueen, 134 McQueen Road, Shady Valley, TN 37688. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at The family of James “Jim” Isaac Eller has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.