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Jimmy “Tennessee” Herran

d. October 9, 2022

Jimmy "Tennessee" Herran, 83, of Marion, KY passed peacefully at home Sunday October 9, 2022.

After spending over 40 years underground, he retired from the Department of Mine and Mineral as a Mine Analyst and Inspector, while also facilitating and judging Mine Rescue events throughout the region. He was owner/operator of Herran Miner Training, certifying thousands of miners over the years. He was still teaching at the time of his passing.

Dedicated to serving his community, he was active member of the Shady Grove Fire Department for over 30 years.

Jim was blessed with an infectious personality, and his sense of humor was always present. Time spent with “Tennessee” kept you smiling with memories that last a lifetime. He was always there for anyone in need and never met a stranger. And invariably he would instantly assign a nickname to every person he met. Like it or not!

Survivors include his wife Nancy Herran of Marion, KY; children Wes (Sharon) Herran of Princeton, KY, Tommy Herran of Princeton, KY and Shannon (Steve) Cobb of Paducah, KY; step-daughter Stephanie (Jamey) Snyder of Paducah, KY; grandchildren Nicole English, Jacob Herran, Chris Cobb, Brandy Sandidge, Brooke Thomason, Jackie Branson, Clint Cobb, Ben Herran and Bailey Irish; 22 great grandchildren and sisters Pat Vestivich, Judy Frazier and Rebecca Herrin.
He was preceded in death by his children Buffy, Carl and Colt Herran; parents T.F. and Lillian Jean Herrin; brother, Thomas Herrin and sisters Nancy Lang and Dimple Herran.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 PM Wednesday (October 12, 2022) and Thursday (October 13, 2022) from 9 AM until service time (11:00) at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, KY. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery immediately following the service.
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