James William “Jim”
Bledsoe, 54, of Sweetwater, died Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a native of McMinn County and was preceded in death by his father, William “Buddy” Bledsoe; sister, Patricia “Pat” Bledsoe Goins; brother-in-law, Leon Henson; and mother-in-law, Lora Robison Evans. Jim was associated with Morgan-Olsen Corp. in Loudon and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. He was an avid UT Volunteers football fan and loved watching NASCAR races, Jeff Gordon being his favorite driver. Jim is survived by his wife, Christina “Tina” Stanley Bledsoe; his mother, Mary Grace Johnson Bledsoe; three sons, Justin Knox, Tyler Knox and Colby Bledsoe; three grandchildren, Cayden, Okitavia, Paisley and another grandchild soon to be born; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Frankie Henson, and Angela Jack and husband, Tommy; one brother, Doug Bledsoe; father-in-law, Junior Stanley; four brothers-in-law, Tony Stanley and wife, Karlissa, Terry Stanley, Mike Stanley and Samuel Stanley and wife, Samantha; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Andrews officiating. Burial followed in Hammonds Cemetery with Colby Bledsoe, Tyler Knox, Terry Stanley, Mike Stanley, Samuel Stanley and Chris Latham serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. If you were unable to attend the visitation or funeral service, sign the online registry at www.zieglerfuuneralhome.com Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of James William “Jim” Bledsoe.