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James “Jim” Otis Moody

James “Jim” Otis Moody, 84, of Pikeville, Tennessee passed away Friday, July 15, 2022 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born May 7, 1938 in Pikeville, Tennessee.

Jim was a man with many talents. He attended Guilford College in North Carolina and went on to acting school in New York City where he joined several Broadway plays. He worked for ABC Network in New York City and also owned and operated a ladies clothing & shoe store.

Jim later moved back to Pikeville where he met and married his wife, Alice, in 1982. Together they had their first child, Kristopher, who became Jim’s best friend. The family moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1986 where Jim started a vending machine business that created a father-son bond of lasting memories. He returned and retired in Pikeville as a Developmental Technician at STARS. Jim had a great love for music and enjoyed playing his guitars. He loved movies and watching his favorite actor, James Dean. Jim was also an avid reader and was always interested in anything pertaining to history.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Henry Moody and Mary Alberta Haston Moody; sisters, Kathryn “Cash” Frank and Susan Moody Gurley.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Boynton Moody, of Pikeville; son, Kristopher James (Phyllis) Moody, of Kingston; granddaughter, Lucy Nicole Moody of Kingston; brother-in-laws, Thomas (Rita) Boynton of Pikeville, John (Glenda) Boynton of Hermitage, Roger (Ruth) Boynton, Alan (Bonnie) Boynton, Darcy (Sherri) Boynton and Bennett (Tammie) Boynton, all of Pikeville; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 23, at noon CDT with Bro. Ronnie Colvard  officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Online condolences can be made at or Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston and Putnam-Reed Funeral Home of Pikeville are entrusted with arrangements.

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