James Edward Briddell, 84, died Monday, January 8, 2024 after a brief illness. James was born April 12, 1939 in Roanoke, VA, the son of the late William Creston Briddell and Nellie Irma Brooks Briddell. James graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and the University of Virginia, where he earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He married Rebecca Shelor in 1967 in Lynchburg, VA and moved to Kingsport where he spent his entire career as a research chemical engineer for Tennessee Eastman. James served as Director of the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place board for 3 years. He was a member Emeritus of the National Sons of the American Revolution since 1961. James held various offices in the local Kings Mountain chapter and in the Tennessee state organization. James was a model railroad enthusiast with a keen interest in historical English trains. He and Rebecca were longtime members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport. James served on the vestry and was president of the Men’s Club. He was a frequent usher and he cooked pancakes on Ash Wednesday and hamburgers at Pentecost. He always lent a helping hand with special church services, community outreach, and Habitat for Humanity work projects.
James is survived by his wife, Rebecca; brother, John (Esther); nephews, Andrew (Beth) and Matthew (Tim); great nieces, Nora and Catherine; and great nephew Jacob.
A Memorial service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 750 E. Main St., Kingsport, TN 37660 or a charity of your choice.