Freddy James

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Freddy James passed from his life here on earth, Saturday November 25, 2017, at the age of 80 years old. Diagnosed in late September with pancreatic cancer, he chose to live his final days with the same quiet dignity and strength with which he lived his entire life. Even after his diagnosis his humor and quick wit remained intact. He was a loving husband, dad, grandad, great-grandad, brother, and uncle who loved his family dearly.
Freddy was born October 28, 1937, to Benjamin and Annie James in a small farm house in Northern Lynn County. The 7th of 9 children, he arrived before the doctor so they put him in the oven to keep him warm.
Freddy graduated from O’Donnell High School in 1956, and married his high school sweetheart, Laquita Lane, in January 1957. Freddy and Laquita had 3 children Kevin, Karla, and Kyle. Freddy worked in several jobs before finding his way into farming which was what he had always wanted to do. He farmed for 50 years before retiring in 2011. Freddy and Laquita were able to travel some after their retirement. They went on a Caribbean Cruise, flew to Hawaii and visited Pearl Harbor, and finally went to Germany to visit a granddaughter. While in Germany they traveled to France where they enjoyed a tour of the Beaches of Normandy. After his stop in Paris, France, Freddy said that he would never leave the U.S. again! And he didn’t.
Freddy enjoyed spending his days playing dominoes at Woolam Gin and visiting with friends at Maurice’s. He was a member of the O’Donnell Church of Christ.
Freddy is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin James and Annie Wilhite James; sister, Wanda Sneed Hayes; and four brothers, Wayne, Bobby, Billy, and Larry.
He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Laquita; son, Kevin and wife, Stephanie of San Angelo; daughter, Karla and husband, Gary of Lamesa; and son, Kyle and wife, Paula of Lubbock. Freddy was blessed with 8 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, Menda, Ashley, Aaron, Kimberly, Laci, Kenna, Heath, Kyla, Laney and Madisyn. He also had 12 great-grandchildren with number 13, the first little James boy on the way, Dyllan, Kailey, Aleigha, Taden, Tyce, Paizley, Brynlee, Brookslie, Lyleigh, Kalen, Blake, Barrett, and Braxton (coming soon). Freddy is also survived by his brother, Ovis and wife, Doris; sisters, Arleta Whatley, and Charlotte Belich and husband, Bill; brother-in-law, Bill Lane; along with many nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.


15 thoughts on “Freddy James”

  1. Rest in peace Uncle Freddy! You were a great man, father, husband, grandad, great grandad, brother, and especially a wonderful uncle! You were not a man that talked a lot, but one with a nice dry sense of humor! You will be missed by your family, church and community!!

  2. Steve & Csrolyn Stephens

    So sorry for the loss of this fine man. Our prayers are with all of the family. Freddy is singing with the Angels

  3. Kenneth & Karen Crouch

    Laquita & family, We were so sorry to learn of Freddy’s death. He was a wonderful Christian man & will be missed by all that knew him. In Christian Love, Kenneth & Karen Crouch

  4. Sorry for your lost. I always enjoyed seeing Freddy. Was always met with a smile and you never knew what to expect. God gained a great servant.

  5. Laquita, so sorry to hear about this, but we know Freddy is rejoicing with Jesus today. Prayers for God’s comfort, love and strength during this time.

  6. Bethany, and Mrkus powell

    Kyle, Paula, Kyla, laney and madyson im so sorry to hear about your loss. Our family will pray for a spirit of peace on your home in this time of grief. We love you all.

  7. Mary Ledbetter Bond

    Freddy was a good man. He was always kind to everyone. He will be missed. My prayers for all of you.

  8. Freddy was a kind and loving man who will be missed by us all! He leaves behind a beautiful wife and wonderful children. May the Lord comfort you and provide strength in the days ahead! Much love to you all!

  9. Laquita, Kevin, and Karla…oh the fond memories. I give Mr. James ???? credit for much of the work ethic I developed in my life. I know I spent more than my fair share of nights at your home and to this day to the question “who is your childhood best friend” is always Kevin. I know you will continue to be blessed by the works and the memory of Freddy. God Bless You. Miss you. Wish I could be there to hug you… my prayers for your time if sorrow.

  10. Orphan's Lifeline Int'l

    All of us at Orphan’s Lifeline Int’l were so sorry to hear of Freddy’s passing. We extend our condolences to Laquita and the family. Freddy and the O’Donnell Church of Christ have been wonderful supporters of orphan children through Orphan’s Lifeline Int’l, and we are deeply grateful for all he did to help the children. May the Lord comfort Freddy’s family and friends.

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