So sad to hear of the passing of a good friend. I will miss his smile and his love of people.
Rest in Peace my friend
My deepest sympathy. I have never met you or Jimmy, but heard only great things about you both. May God wrap his arms around you and your family. (Widowed, as well, June 2010)
I've known Jimmy for the last 13 years. It was with great sadness that I learned of his death last week. Jimmy was a genuine good guy. He was always asking how he could help, volunteer or make things better for other people. His love of God and other people came through in his work and personal life. Jimmy, we miss you.
Jimmy was one of my two best friends and only 12 days older than me! He came to Leesville, Louisiana due to his parents being transferred to Ft. Polk. That was Dothan's loss and Leesville High School's greatest gain, in the form of "big man defensive tackle" Jimmy Auvil who we nicknamed "TINY" because he was everything but "tiny"...BIG in heart and the will to play football and studies in a strange high school way over here in Louisiana.
Jimmy was the friend who only got upset on the football field or in defense of his girl friend! He left us after graduation for of all places.....the University of Alabama....which we knew(for he told us often about the place whether we wanted to hear or not LOL)he was headed to the sacred battle ground of THE COACH, COACH BRYANT....who we respected over here even though he beat the pants off of LSU many times....and had to hear from Jimmy all the play by play of the game, as though we did not see the game over here....we did!!!
Jimmy and I talked often, at least every couple of months since those days of ol LHS...forty five years ago....I was blessed to live and work in Montgomery for a year and a half and get to put faces with the names Jimmy and Susan had spoke to me thru the years on the phones and visits there and here.
I will miss my buddy with all my heart...but I know that I will see him again!!....and we will spend eternity together with our Lord Jesus Christ!! He was welcomed into Heaven with open arms and a shining love that we will see one day....and a few body blocks and arm punches from some of his football team-mates from good ol Leesville High School who had pre-ceeded him into our glorious eternity. Jimmy is only waiting patiently, as always, except when they pulled out in front of him driving...and the unknowing suspect got an earfull of blowing horns from his truck....but lovingly done so without hesitation! .....for the rest of us to show up in Heaven!
And, in case you can't tell...I am going to miss that "booger" and my phone calls from Alabama....telling me the play by play of the game with LSU and how I must have missed that touchdown that the Crimson Tide just put on the score board because I was "in the kitchen"....I love you Jimmy!...45 years now and counting.....Dickie Bailes Geaux Tigers!! Roll Tide Roll esp. over Auburn...and it hurts to capitalize that A for Auburn....agreed with Jimmy on that one..."How many national championships does the Crimson Tide own....and did someone say Auburn got one....did they now!?
Hope they don't say War Eagle in Heaven, becuz that will fire Jimmy up and then the discussion is on.....Love always Dickie Bailes
I visited your home several years ago. I stopped by to pick up Jimmy and we went on to Mobile for a meeting. My fond memory will be of playing golf with him on that trip. I have never played with anyone with a passion for the game like him. His back swing was something to behold, but he made the best of it. My prayers go out to you and your family. He will be sorely missed by all of us in the ANICO family.