James “Jim” Tully Kyle, a familiar face to Memphis children for over 20 years, has died after a brief illness. The 66-year-old died Sunday, Feb. 13, at Methodist North Hospital.
Thousands of Mid-South homes have pictures in their homes of Kyle with their children. He was Santa Claus.
Kyle was born in Locke, Tenn. It’s just one mile south of the general store at the intersection of Benjestown and Cuba-Millington roads near Shelby Forest. After graduating from Kingsbury High School, Kyle enlisted in the Marines. Upon completion of active duty, Kyle worked for Holiday Inn and was transferred to Michigan, where he met his wife, Bobbie.