Former Alice Echo-News editor and a longtime newspaper employee Jimmy C. “Jim” Terrell died Wednesday after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was 55.

Terrell was the managing editor of the Echo-News, a daily newspaper at the time, from 1992 to 1994. He was then the editor again from 1995 to 1996. Terrell’s career at the newspaper began in the circulation department as a newspaper carrier and eventually as the circulation manager.

Terrell was a graduate of Alice High School and he attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. Before joining the newspaper, he was employed by Flournoy Drilling Company. Terrell is also remembered in Alice as a longtime Little League baseball coach.

In 1996, Terrell moved his family to Austin to begin his career in government. He was employed as Chief of Staff and Committee Clerk for Representatives Richard Raymond, Ignacio Salinas and Yvonne Gonzales-Toureilles. In 2015 he took a job as the government liaison for the Health and Human Services Committee where he was employed at the time of his death.

Terrell is survived by his wife of 34 years, Monica and their three children, Ryan, Cameron, and Allison; mother-in-law, Carol Burgeson (Wallace), brothers; Bob, Jack and Mike and sisters, Dessie ("Boots"), Joyce, Patricia, Carlyn and Darlyn, numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind many close and dear friends.

Terrell was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill, George and Gene.

A visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org or P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to a charity that is near to your heart.