James F. Carrell

James F. Carrell

James F. Carrell August 27, 1941-January 27, 2024

After a remarkable life, Jim Carrell passed peacefully at home. Jim was born and raised in Jacksonville, graduating from Bishop Kenny High School. Jim experienced a spinal cord injury and used a wheelchair his entire adult life. He graduated from Jacksonville University and Florida State University completing his PhD coursework. He had a successful career helping other folks become as independent as he and continued to help people into his 70’s. He worked at several rehabilitation programs around the southeast and retired as Deputy Director of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation after working there for 25 years.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Arnow Carrell. He is survived by many extended family members including dear cousins Susan Garris and Debbie Bybee and their families. He will be missed by a large group of friends, especially close friend Mary Rooks McMahon. We would like to thank Anida Thomas for the dedicated care and support she gave to Jim.

The best way to remember Jim is to donate to programs that promote independence and job skills for people with disabilities, hire a disabled individual or just give folks a hand up when you can.

A graveside service will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Evergreen Cemetery. Feel free to wear your favorite jeans in Jim’s honor.


  • Gene Bannon Posted February 5, 2024 10:22 am

    We were classmates at Bishop Kenny, Jimmy was a great basketball player at Kenny before his injury and a good friend. I had an chance to visit with him while he was at the Warm Springs facility. Go with God old friend.

  • Sam Morris Posted February 9, 2024 9:32 am

    Jim and I worked together at Roosevelt Institute in early 80’s where he started the Independent Living Skills Training program. He was a great friend with a big heart. His life and works impacted many in positive ways., not only among the disabled, but also what Jim called TABS…Temporarily Able-Bodied.. I will miss you my friend.

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