James Richard Batsell, 93, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.|
Jim and his brother William Robert "Bob" (Barbara) were raised by his parents, James "Hurt" and Frances Compton Batsell in a home that honored God and His Word.
He graduated from Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas in Austin. In 2000, he was named a Distinguished Alumni for Texas Southmost College.
In 1946 he married Loddell Roberson, and they established their home in Brownsville. Jim and Lody raised four children, Richard (Wei) of Houston, Barry (Marjory), Gordon (Deborah) and Kathleen Barnard (James) of Brownsville. They had 15 grandchildren of whom he was very proud; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim went to work for his father Hurt in the family business, J.H. Batsell & Sons, the business that became Batsell's Sporting Goods and Hardware, where he remained until he retired in 1995. He served on the board of the National Retail Hardware Association and ultimately as its president in 1976.
Jim was raised attending First Presbyterian Church. Jim and Lody were one of the couples that established Faith Presbyterian Church. Jim served Faith Presbyterian Church most of his adult life as an Elder and church officer. He attended International Christian Center in the later years, saying with the psalmist "I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of The Lord!"
Jim Batsell was involved in politics throughout his life. In 1956 he was elected to the Brownsville Navigation District as a commissioner, a post he held for the next 30 years. Jim also attended the inauguration of George H.W. Bush and represented Texas as an Elector for the Electoral College in 2000.
James R. Batsell lived a life of unselfish and generous service wherever he found a need. Jesus said, "Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be the servant of all." Jim was a great man.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the International Christian Center Church on 2855 Paredes Line Road on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
You may view and sign the guest book at garzamemorialfh.com
Published in Brownsville Herald from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013