I'd love more information if anyone has anything. Jimmie was apparently my great-great-grandfather.
Here's what else I've come across (copied from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prsjr/fami...
This comes from the book "History of Bland County" which was published by the Bland County Centennial Corporation. The name "James Surrett" does not appear at all; however, this is the article from the book on "Jimmie SURAT" who lived to be 120 years old. Since his birth and death data (1795-1915) and name are so close to your ancestor, I think he must be the one you are researching.
"Perhaps, one of the most colorful, unique and the undisputed oldest citizen ever to reside in Bland County was Jimmy Surat (pronounced Cert). He came to Bland County from one of the Carolinas. He was half Blackfoot Indian and escaped from the tribe while it was being forced, under government supervision, to move from the Carolinas to a reservation in the West. Many of the Indians died during the 2,000 mile march.
He moved to Bland and lived in a cabin on Brushy Mountain, north of a farm that was owned by H. McGinnis, which later became the property of Andrew Muncy. At the time he came to Bland, he was married to a woman whom the oldtimers remembered only as "Aunt Suzie." After the death of "Aunt Suzie" he married "Liz." To this union was born four children, one boy and three girls. By a former marriage "Liz" had a daughter named "Ol." Her favorite pastime was stealing horses from barns and riding through the woods at night. "Ol" finally left home and spent the rest of her life with Bransom Bullard, who was a former slave purchased from the auction block by Col. John R Compton.
Jimmy Surat died at the estimated age of 120 years. Records indicate that he registered to vote at Bland on 9-15, 1902 and gave his age as "about 90." Jimmy never slept in a bed, always on a pallet in front of the fireplace. He died in 1915. H. McGinnis, Claude Richardson, and Miller Leslie hauled his body off Brushy Mt. in a two-horse wagon. His casket was furnished by Ess Mustard and paid for by the county. "Liz" , his wife, rode on top of the casket from the home to the cemetery. He was buried in the Town Cemetery at Bland."