Urban James Speth
Urban James (Jim) Speth was born January 17, 1942, in Batesville, IN, the son of the late Urban John and Clara Louise Speth.

He was united in marriage to Betty Jane Burden on October 9, 1971. Mrs. Speth preceded him in death on December 28, 1999, following 28 years of marriage.

Mr. Speth graduated from Saint Bernard College in Cullman, AL, with a bachelor's degree in accounting, and was the owner and operator of Jim's Best Stop in Selmer. Jim formerly managed Morrison's Cafeterias in Alabama and Tennessee, and also worked for Dobb's House, managing the food services for the Memphis International Airport. He also operated Jon's Pier and the Pickwick Plantation Bed & Breakfast for several years. Jim served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Okinawa. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed boating in his free time.

Mr. Speth departed this life on December 30, 2019, in Selmer, Tennessee, at the age of 77 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days.

He is survived by two sons, James Thomas Speth and wife Melissa of Denver, CO, and Michael Jason Speth and wife Shannon of Selmer, TN; four grandchildren: Austin Allen McCarter, Michael Ryan Speth, Hayden Carter Speth, and Bryson James Speth; a sister, Sue Giebel of Albuquerque, NM; a niece, Carrie O'Loughlin and husband Leo of San Diego, CA; and two nephews, Chad Giebel and wife Ann of Bernardsville, NJ, and Ryan Giebel and wife Sunaina of Denver, CO.

Services were held on January 6, 2020, at 12:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Jim Gray officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Hope McNairy County Memorial Cemetery at Selmer, Tennessee.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published on January 6, 2020


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