It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our 2018 National President Jimmy Settle, ALC. Despite his positive attitude and determination to fight, Jimmy lost his battle with cancer on the morning of April 1, 2018.
There are few more passionate than Jimmy was about land, assisting clients, and RLI. Jimmy once said, “There’s nothing like creating solutions and helping a client find that perfect piece of land. Being outdoors is my lifestyle, I do my best thinking sitting in a deer stand or riding my tractor. I get such satisfaction in sharing this passion with family and friends. It’s only natural for me to help others who wish to become outdoor enthusiasts and land owners.”
Being so passionate about the land industry, Jimmy found a second home and even a second family at RLI in 2000. Four years later, he earned the elite Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation on January 26, 2004. He continued his involvement by serving on various committees at the national level including the ALC Accreditation Committee, the National Land Conference Planning Committee, and the RLI Government Affairs Committee. Then, as an active chapter member, in 2016 he served as the RLI Tennessee Chapter President. Jimmy’s dedication to RLI and serving land professionals still didn’t stop there. He ran and was elected by his fellow RLI members to serve a four-year term on the RLI National Executive Committee in 2016, starting as Vice President in 2016, then serving as President-Elect in 2017, and, finally, beginning as 2018 RLI National President last November.
During this time Jimmy was a beloved friend and leader, always looking out for the best interests of RLI, its members, and its staff. He worked closely with members and staff in the planning of the 2018 National Land Conference, which hosted 42% more attendees over the previous year. As president, he was a true advocate for RLI’s members, ensuring that the strategic plan continued to serve their best interests and adhere to a members-first philosophy.
In addition to serving RLI, Jimmy was also very involved in his local Clarksville Association of REALTORS® (CAR) serving as their 2007 President. He was a driving force behind the purchase of land and in building their association’s facility. The association stated in a post on their Facebook page honoring him that “He was a mentor to countless members of CAR and a friend to everyone who met him.”
Jimmy will be remembered by family and friends for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and friendly sense of humor. He was a pillar of his community and well-respected in the industry for his expertise on land transactions. The RLI Family sends its thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time and wishes they find comfort in the love that returns to them from the lives that he touched. Read Jimmy’s obituary here.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Hilldale Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home. More information.
In the wake of this news, RLI will follow the procedures outlined in our official bylaws. RLI’s 2018 National President-Elect Jeramy Stephens, ALC, will take over as National President of the organization to serve the remainder of the term. “It is with a heavy heart that I take over the reins from Jimmy. He was a close friend and I will do my best to fill the big shoes he left behind and continue to execute his vision for RLI through the rest of his term,” said Jeramy upon induction.