James Darrell “Jim” Kell, 93, of Lecanto, Fla., passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, surrounded by members of his loving family.

He was born in McMinnville,Tenn., to the late Grace Kelley Kell and Frank Kell. Jim was a veteran of the Air Force, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grand-father and stepfather.

Jim and his wife, Joan (Witt), were married in Key West, Fla., on Dec. 1, 1990. They made memories in Key West, Sylva, N.C., Venice, Fla., and Lecanto, Fla.

Jim loved working. He had various occupations during his life. He was in the concrete business for years both in Sarasota and Key West, Fla. After moving to Sylva, N.C. he became Director of Transportation for the county. He then retired and moved back to Florida to manage his daughter and son-in-law’s shopping center in Sarasota. He and Joan missed the mountains and returned back to Sylva for nine years. Jim once again worked for the local government, until he was 85 years old. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. Finally in 2017 Jim and Joan returned to Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory: his wife, Joan; daughters, Amy Mahers (William), Susan Cooper (Edward), Malinda Pardo (Huvi); and stepdaughter, Heather Mueller (Karl); five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; very special friends, Frank Toppino (Key West, Fla.) and Donald Green (Sylva, N.C.).

His celebration of life will be private for family members only.

Cremation has been entrusted to Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills, Fla. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.