James Richard Tulloss, Jr.

April 11, 1989 ‒ March 30, 2021

Marion, Ohio

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 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.


  • Jim, thank you for being my friend. I will miss you dearly. I will miss having someone to share music ideas back and forth with. I will miss your hugs and your sarcasm. Love you, brother.

  • Ileana and I are so sorry. Jim and Debbie. Our deepest sympathy
    Prayers are with you
    Ileana and Greg

  • What a great guy! Not too long ago I told Jim I loved to watch him play drums because I knew this was how he worshipped. Jim loved the Lord and his family very much. I know that Jim’s loss is a grief that is great for Jess and the girls. I am praying that the Lord will provide as only He can do.

    • It is with our sincerest sympathy,that our hearts go out to ,Dr, Tulloss,and his entire family.💔

  • Jim was such a kind-hearted person who expressed himself with a great sense of humor and a genuine love for others. It was always a blessing to experience his worship as he shared his musical gift on the drums. Our hearts grieve his loss. We continue to pray for God’s love, peace and comfort to settle over Jess, Addy, and Zoey and their entire family during this incredibly sad time.

  • The hours of playing together, laughing together, and doing life together will always be in my heart. I am a better person for having known you. Thank you.

  • Jim, always sharing a laugh in school is something I will never forget. Forever grateful to have known you my friend. Until valhala!

  • Our prayers are with you Jessica and the girls at this time of sorrow. We have no idea what you are going through , we only know you are not alone. Jesus is holding you all in his arms with His ever loving comfort. Our hearts are heavy , just know we love you and the girls but most of all He loves you more . We had such a good time at our home that Sunday for lunch and got to know you all so much better . The girls really had a fun time with the kittens .Er will cherish that time forever🙏

  • I had the pleasure of serving on worship team with him. The conversations between services and backstage were always entertaining!

    During a time in my life where it felt as if I was being shunned by some, Jim reached out to check on me and lift my spirits.

    Jim was a great guy and I am truly saddened to hear of his passing.

  • All my memories of Jim are from our music program days at Harding . Always smiles and so many laughs. Sending love and prayers for peace and healing to his family, friends , and all who had the pleasure of knowing him during this tragic time ❤️🙏

  • To the Tullous and Smith families,
    We are so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ryan & Jo Weston

  • We are so very sorry for your loss! Jim was a great guy! He was always so nice and friendly. We loved watching him play drums. He was so talented! He will be so missed. Prayers that you’ll sense God’s comfort! We’re sending up so many prayers for all family and friends.
    Love and prayers,
    Ron and Karen Keiser

  • Dear Jessica, Addy and Zoey, Dr. Tulloss, Debbie and family,
    It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I am so sorry. You know how fond I was of Jimmy. From the first time he sat on the piano bench I knew he had a special talent. He always played so musically and that music came from his soul. It was my pleasure to have him as a student for many years. I will always treasure my time with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Susan and Howard Dean

  • Dr T and Deb. Words cannot express the shock and sadness you are experiencing. Prayers to Jimmie’s family. He is now your Guardian Angel watching over you now.

  • Dear Jessica, Addy, and Zoey,

    There are no words to express how sorry we are for the loss of your husband and father. To him, you three were his world. He was your protector, your rock, your everything. The heartbreak you are experiencing is unimaginable, and I pray that you feel the presence of God’s comfort and love when you need it the most. May the music Jim created continue in your hearts as well as in the hearts of everyone who knew him; that is where his legacy will continue.

    Love to you all.

  • May God wrap his arms around all of you and fill your hearts with strength and comfort. Deepest condolences on the loss of a husband, son and brother.

  • It was an honor to know Jim. I knew from Day 1 when I met him that he was special— He made playing music fun—He lit up when he talked about Jess and his girls—and he was brilliant. He loved God, his family and his friends. We will miss you Jim—-will forever hold your memory in my heart.

  • Our hearts go out to all of you at this incredibly difficult time. Praying you are filled with peace as God gives you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

  • May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Dr Jim & Debbie & family so sorry for your loss. We did not know Jimmy personally but reading the accolades about his love of the Lord, family & music we realize what a great individual he was. May memories stored in your hearts bring smiles forever to you.
    God bless, Pam & Dick Axline

  • Fond memories of grilling out for the girls parties and wandering through the woods. Love and Hugs Jess, Addy, and Zoey and families. The Bucks – Ed. Marilyn, Christian.

  • My heart hurts for you and your family. Sending Prayers and Hugs. May God Bless you and keep you in this time of need.

  • My heart goes out to Jessica, the girls and the family. It’s been a very long time but it feels like yesterday Jimmy and the rest of us were playing football together on the practice field for Harding. We were all kids at the time with a whole lot in front of us. We didn’t know it at the time what we were all destined to do. We all took our own paths. I find myself reflecting on those days and cherishing them. We were all so fortunate to know each other and to have had those experiences together. And although it has been years since I last spoke to Jimmy, I’m going to miss him. Rest easy man.

  • I met Jim as a HS music guy a long, long time ago and i hired him to work for me for some ‘home tasks’ we did more talking than tasking He was intrigued, curious and more than anything that time we had together I think got his motor running on a path and more.
    i went to watch him play drums somewhere and I thought, wow, this dude has some massive talent.
    I had met Jessica in passing when she may have been 14 and I remember Jim saying ‘she’s the girl I’m going to marry!’ Wow…I thought, he has NO idea about life at that age. Oddly, he knew exactly about life at that age!
    Fast forward to 2019 when out of the blue he found me, wanted to text and then talk. We spent a lot of time texting, talking and simply trying to figure out how to reach those dreams that he had had.
    We talked about how he could make an impact on Marion’s musical youth. How this ‘idea’ he had might turn into heading to the Netherlands to expose this local talent to Europe. He was very pointed in being sure that I KNEW that these dreams HAD to include Jessica. We talking about how to manage all that he had in his mind as ‘first things first’ as opposed to his concept was that he had wanted to do it all at the same time.
    We filled first things. He was at ease with starting back with piano. He wanted to mentor youths,. He switched gears from wanting to perform so much to wanting to help.
    I was amazed at two things – his continual love of his wife. I think we all love our wives but I don’t think we tell folks we love them near as much as we should and by far not as much as Jim did Jessica. He wanted to help the ones that didn’t have a chance…he wanted my ideas as to how that could happen. I laid out a plan for him, he mulled over it and all of the sudden, he was buying domains, was writing me some script for these domains.
    He was on fire to help. Although I knew only 1 side of him, I think I knew an important side. He wanted to help and he wanted to discover more of the world with Jessica.
    I found it interesting that no matter where I told him we can go to show-off his local talent – he always wanted it to be very clear that ….’We have to be sure we have made provisions to take Jessica!’
    Jim left ALL of us a few great take aways. He may have left us early but the Lord was done with him here. Jim wanted to be SURE we knew and know that we have GOT to help those that don’t have the things we may have. The other lesson is to be proud of who we’ve made a commitment to, speak about it and never let go of that.
    I’m so glad to say he was a friend. He’s made me better!
    I will say one last thing. I know he was a Believer as he spoke about the adrenaline he got playing at Church for Our Lord – so the good side of this is we all get to see him again one day.
    He left us early but he left us with a mammoth task to ‘care’ about others A LOT!!

  • Oh Dr. Tulloss and Debbie, Jessica and family….I am so so sorry !!.. This just breaks my heart to hear.! Losing those we love is a loss so indescribable !.. Oh, my heart breaks for y’all. I’m thinking and praying for you. Dr. Tulloss and Debbie, please know, I’m sending you all my love, thoughts, hugs and prayers !

  • On behalf of Jim’s colleagues and friends at Sarnova, I want to convey our deepest sympathies. Jim was a joy to work with, and an important member of our family. We will miss him very much, and our hearts go out to Jess and the girls.

  • Jim,

    You and I started working together right around the same time. You were a funny guy, a great cube-mate, a great teammate, and while we didn’t really hang out after work, I considered you a friend and enjoyed talking to you very much. It made the day better that you were there at work with me. I missed you when you left and went to a different work place for a while and was happy again when you came back, even sharing neighboring cubes again for the short time we were in the office and not remote.

    There’s always going to be an empty space in my heart with you not being here anymore. I’m immeasurably sad that we won’t be able to work together, have our talks together, gripe together, or that I won’t see your face or hear your voice again. I can’t find the right words to say to express exactly what I’m feeling. Are there any?

    My most sincere condolences to your wife, children, and extended family. I am so, so very sorry for your loss.

  • My first week at Sarnova, Jim immediately put me at ease by helping me get situated and relentlessly nagging me about not being a Buckeye fan. Unfortunately after that, our paths seldom crossed but during the early part of the Pandemic he called to help me with an IT issue. We were both stressed, as it was a very busy time but he took the time to check everything out thoroughly and guide me through the issue. As he did, he put the stress aside and opened up about life outside of work, again putting me at ease and helping me to open up as well, reminding me of what was truly important. That’s just the type of guy he was and I wish I would’ve been able to get to know him better, especially after reading more about him. He was everything I aspire to be and taken way too soon. I know the Lord has a special place for him.My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Dr. Tulloss
    So sorry to hear of your great loss, I will continue to keep you and your family in prayer for strength and comfort. With deepest sympathy, Cheryl ( MCH Radiology)

  • We Wish to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved ones. Our prayers and hugs are with you all of his family at this very difficult time.

  • Dear Dr. TULLOSS AND DEBBIE “MY PERSONAL” NURSE when I needed shots ordered by my oncologist. YOU BOTH have meant and given so much love to Myself and so many others. My prayers have been and will continue to be many. May you feel God’s All surrounding arms giving you the comfort that only he can provide. Our condolences The Boblenz….”P.J.” & Craig sons Kirk & Kyle

  • Dr. Tulloss and family,
    We were so saddened to hear about your son, husband and father. Dr. Tulloss we have thought so much of you and your wife and want you to know our thoughts, prayers and sympathy is with you all. May God’s arms surround you with comfort. peace and strength .
    Our sincere Sympathy to you

  • I knew Jim as a colleague and ‘mentee’ at TrueCommerce. We had many–sometimes long!–conversations, both the serious and the quite silly kind! His quick wit made for fun diversions. My life got a lot less interesting when Jim left TC, though we talked a couple of times after that.

    He will be missed, but also present in our memories.

    Love to all his loved ones!

  • Jim & Deb Tulloss and Family,
    So very sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Jimmy. My heart and prayers go out to
    you at this difficult time. May the Lord bless you all and give you peace.
    Your friend,
    Lu Chivington

  • Dr. Tullous and family, Although we no longer live in Marion , we heard about the loss of your son. Words cannot express how saddened we were to hear this. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during this very difficult time Bob and Martha Sims ( Worked at MGH and New Horizons )

  • Dr. Tulloss, Debbie and family. I am deeply saddened about the news of Jimmy. He grew up to be a very gifted young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dr. Tullous,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We know the pain, it is deep.
    Your son sounded like a wonderful person. Hold on to those precious memories and share them with each other over and over. We will continue to pray for your family in this difficult time.
    Joe, Dianne and Jerry Kantzer

  • To the Tulloss family: our deepest sympathy in the passing of Jimmy. Andrew, Carolyn and I remember him as a neighbor and playmate. This is a prayer I recite for daily strength:
    A family prayer for life’s journey:
    God of the journey,
    Be our traveling companion.
    Guide us over to rain
    Both pleasant and perilous.
    Share our laughter
    When the sun shines.
    Lead us to shelter
    When the storms come.
    Overhills and through valleys forests and deserts,
    Bless us with steadfast hope.
    For with you, the Holy Pilgrim,
    We are never alone.
    Never unheld.
    Never unloved.

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