The kind spirited and loving, James Richard Tulloss, Jr., passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, unexpectedly at his home. He was 31 years young and lived in Marion.
James, better known as “Jimmy”, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Dr. James Richard Sr. and Deborah Jean (Hill) Tulloss, on April 11, 1989.
Jimmy attended River Valley Middle School, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Jessica Layne Smith. Jimmy graduated from Marion Harding High School in 2007. While in school, Jimmy excelled at sports and anything musical. Sidelined by a severe ankle injury, he then turned most of his attention to music. He loved to play the piano from an early age, and with the help of Mrs. Dean in Waldo, he learned an appreciation of classical music. He could easily pick up any instrument, find a You Tube video, and in no time could teach someone else. He recently has been teaching his girls how to play songs on the piano.
After graduating, Jimmy continued his education at DeVry University and The Ohio State University where he studied Computer Sciences. With his understanding of computer software, Jimmy excelled as a Senior Business Apps Analyst at Sarnova.
Jimmy married his Middle School sweetheart, Jessica Smith, on June 19, 2010. Together he and Jessica were inseparable. Never leaving each other’s side from the ages of 12 and 13, they grew up together. Best friends forever and soul mates. Jimmy and Jess attended every high school dance together. He and Jessica were also blessed with two beautiful daughters and his family meant everything to him. He is the definition of a “Girl Dad”. He did everything in his life with those two in mind. Enjoying long weekend trips and vacations were a must. Spending time with Jessica and their daughters was his main priority. He spent every single day making sure his family was taken care of. His heart was loving, pure, giving and kind. He always put others before himself and would help anyone at any time.
He could often be found in the kitchen cooking a meal for his family, playing piano with his girls and solving rubik’s cubes. He combined his love of music with his computer science knowledge to compose beautiful melodies he often shared with friends and family. He loved watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play football, but his favorite part of the game was always the band.
Jimmy was a long time member of The Marion First Church of the Nazarene where he could be found playing drums in the worship band. When he married Jessica, not only did he gain the Smith family, but he also gained an extended family, a band of brothers and sisters to fill his life with love, and the ability to worship the the best way he knew how. He was known by many at the church as their “favorite drummer”. He thrived sharing his musical talents with others. He had a God given talent in music and was limited by no genre.
Jimmy will be deeply missed by his wife, Jessica; daughters, Addison and Zoey Tulloss; parents James and Deborah Tulloss; Jessica’s parents, Bob and Terri Smith; grandmother, Ruth Hill; and siblings, Christopher( Lyndsay) Tulloss, Erin Tulloss, Lauren (Caleb) Leach, Shannon (Justin) Amrine and Andrea (Jarrod) Conley; along with nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Visitation will be held at The Marion First Church of the Nazarene, 233 W. Church St, Marion, on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 5 until 8 pm. A funeral will be held, at the church, at 10 am on Tuesday with Dr. Steve Estep officiating. Private family burial will take place in Marion Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Jimmy’s honor for his daughters Addy and Zoey.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jimmy’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.