Mary Jim “Jimmie” Kittrell, 82, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 in Groves.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29,at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Rev. Daniel Rose of Community Church in Orange will officiate. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Jimmie was born July 4, 1925, in Troy, Ala., the daughter of James David and Julia Spradley Youngblood.

Jimmie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Richard Kittrell in 1984.

During Jimmie and Carl’s marriage, they shared a deep love for the principles of the Order of the Eastern Star, both having served in many offices in Orange Chapter 214. At the state level, her selection as Grand Ruth was testimony of her devotion to the local chapter and the Grand Chapter of Texas. She continued attending meetings until her health prevented participation.

Jimmie was an avid sports fan following her grandsons through their participation in athletics. Her love of baseball led to her devotion to the Atlanta Braves.

Two of her favorite hobbies were fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn and gardening.

She is survived by her sons Kenneth Kittrell and wife Sharon of Yorktown, Va.; James David Kittrell and wife Linda of Tyler; daughters, Gloria McKee of Orange; Lyndell Hodgkinson and husband Cecil of Bridge City; step-son, Edward Kittrell and wife Joan of Naples, Fla; grandchildren, Kevin and Anne Kittrell and their children, Samuel, Ben and Emma; Kimberly and Steve George and their children, Brooke, Leyton and Addison; Jayson and Mindy McKee and their son Peyton; Stuart McKee; Andy and Leslie Kittrell and their sons Dawson and Drew; Jonathan and Dionne Kittrell and their son Brenden; Kenny Kittrell; Carol and Jon Benton; Rick and Marla Dearing and their children, Jake, Derick and Carlee; Clint Hodgkinson and children, Tyler and Haley; and Philip and Angela Hodgkinson.

Serving as pallbearers will be her nine grandsons.