J.B. was born July 30, 1919, in Fisher County to Bertie Mae Barnett and Jennings Bryan Terrell, Sr. He graduated from Hamlin High School in 1937, and played football at the University of Texas and Baylor University before joining the Army Air Corps. He was a bombardier during WWII and received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, American Defense Ribbon and seven Bronze Service Stars. He married Eloise Alberta Riddle on April 6, 1942. In 1946, J.B. began a very active career in the oil industry. The couple lived in Tucson, Arizona for eighteen years before moving to Hamlin in 1977, where he owned and operated Terrell Oil Company. J.B. loved the Lord and his family, of whom he was extremely proud. Besides loving his work, J.B. enjoyed football, baseball, and traveling the world with his wife, Eloise. He was an avid pilot, and had a passion for flying. J.B. was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamlin.
He is preceded in death by his wife Eloise Terrell in 2007, his parents, an infant brother, and a daughterinlaw MaryAnn Terrell.
J.B. is survived by two sons and a daughterinlaw, Bryan Terrell, III, of Tucson, Arizona, and Doug and Eileen Terrell of Hamlin three grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Brooke Terrell, Jeff Terrell, and Derek and Kristin Ivie and four greatgrandchildren, Katelyn Terrell, Kylie Terrell, Dylan Ivie and Brenna Ivie.
J.B.s family would like to thank his two caregivers, Socorro and Lupe, for their constant love, care, and attention they gave him.