Nashville businessman, philanthropist Jimmy Webb passes

James (Jimmy) A. Webb III

James (Jimmy) A. Webb III, one half of the duo who founded Freeman Webb real estate company, lost his battle with cancer last Thursday at the age of 71.

“The Freeman Webb family is grieving the passing of our beloved co-founder, president, and friend Jimmy Webb,” stated the company on its website.“ For those of us fortunate enough to be a part of his vision, we will remember his gentle smile and the way in which his appreciation and loyalty was never doubted or questioned. He always left us feeling a little bigger, a little more accomplished. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership built upon integrity and kindness, and we will forever be grateful for the opportunities his vision created for us. Jimmy Webb will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. Our condolences and prayers go out to the entire Webb family.”

Webb was a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy where he was a Trustee Emeritus and a former board chairman. Jimmy graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the Navy and served with ‘MacV’ in Vietnam. In 1979, Bill Freeman and he formed the Freeman Webb Company with a primary focus on investment in and management of multi-family properties. He was a 32nd degree Mason and an elder of First Presbyterian Church.

Webb is survived by his wife, Rebecca Smotherman Webb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Cromer Smotherman (deceased) of Lawrenceburg, and sons, Jim IV (Tayler), Chris, and Charles, as well as two grandchildren, Abby and James Webb V.

A memorial service for Webb took place on Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, Tenn. 37220; Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, 3322 West End Ave., Suite 900, Nashville, Tenn. 37203; William and Vann Webb Scholarship at Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tenn. 37205; Men of Valor Prison Ministry, 504 Valor Way, Antioch, Tenn. 37013; or the charity of your choice.