Linda Rimel James, 80, died on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. Linda was a native of Sevier County. She was the daughter of the late William Claude and Blanche Clabo Rimel.

In addition to her parents and husband, Norman Ray James Sr., she was preceded in death by her son, Norman Ray James Jr. and her brother, William Harrel Rimel.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynnette James Sills of Asheville, North Carolina and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Sills and James Sills of Asheville, North Carolina. She is also survived by her brother, Ronnie L. Rimel and his wife, Donna, of Pigeon Forge, and a number of nieces and nephews in Tennessee and Virginia.

A private graveside service for family will be held at Mattox Cemetery in Wears Valley on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. The Rev. Lynnette Sills will officiate.

The family wishes to extend thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at LeConte Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sevierville for the excellent care of Linda during her time living there. The family suggests that memorial gifts be made in their honor to the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, 742 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 27862 or on-line at www.leconte

Arrangements are in the care of McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, Sevierville.

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