James “Jimmy” Alford Kent, 66, of Greenville passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021 at his home after battling ALS.
He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, to Benny and Jackie Kent on July 28, 1955. He lived in Greenville with his family and went to Greenville Christian School where he was very active in sports, where he was known for his aggressiveness and having the biggest heart on the field. Jimmy is one of three siblings. Jimmy worked for Dixie Fire Protection in Greenville, Ms where he built many friendships with his coworkers and customers.
On July 4th, 1998 Jimmy married Dana (Derrow) Kent of Greenville, Ms. Jimmy and Dana have two children Rob Kent (Paige), of Sacramento, California and Taylor Hathcock (Jason) of Stamps, Arkansas.
Jimmy is proceeded in death by his father and mother Benjamin (Benny) and Jacquelyn (Jackie) Kent. He is also proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents Benjamin Franklin and Ova Burt, and his paternal grandparents James Alford and Julie Mae Kent. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Dana Kent (Derrow) of Greenville, his son Rob Kent (Paige), his daughter Taylor Hathcock (Jason) and three grandsons James Kent, and Canton and Dallas Hathcock; brother Mike (Stephanie) Kent and sister Cindy (Mike) Slaydon and many nieces and nephews.
Jimmy was an active member at Emmanuel Baptist Church for all his years in Greenville. Jimmy enjoyed the church, his Sunday school class, and he loved working in the nursery.
Jimmy not only loved his church family but enjoyed being around people and helping everyone. He had the most kind spirit and would help anyone.
He enjoyed spending any free time he had with his family,grandkids, working out, and enjoyed many afternoons with friends at the golf course. He loved to hog the remote so that he could watch the Atlanta Braves play, SEC football on Saturdays, and on Sundays you could find him in front of the TV watching his New Orleans Saints.
Funeral services will be at Boone Funeral Home Monday, November the 22nd at 10am and visitation will be Sunday November 21, from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the ALS Foundation.