Mr. James E. "Jim" Quintrell, 87, a long-time resident of Newton County died Aug. 6. Son of the late Thomas and Eunice Quintrell, he was born in Fannin County on May 26, 1921. He proudly served our country in the newly formed Army Air Corp during World War II in the Pacific theatre. Stationed in Guam, his group retrofitted B-029 Superfortresses for high altitude, long-range missions. His team worked on the Enola Gay before it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. After the war he attended college on the G.I. Bill and graduated from Young Harris College in 1949 and then the University of Georgia in 1951. He was employed by Sealtest Dairies and worked with dairy farmers in middle Georgia for his entire professional career. The dairymen with whom he worked, his friends and family appreciated his fine fried chicken, witty sense of humor and genial personality.
Mr. Quintrell is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ms. Marie Quintrell. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Kenneth Pressley of Greensboro; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nancy Quintrell of Atlanta; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11 at Wheeler Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Perry Kirk officiating. Interment will be in Lawnwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Newton County Recreation Commission "Miracle Field" project for handicapped children (www.newtonrecreation.com) in Mr. Quintrell's honor.