James Edwin Faulkner son of J.W. and Marjorie Moore Faulkner of Port Arthur and Huntsville, Texas , was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Port Arthur. He died June 4, 2013, in his home in April Sound, Montgomery, Texas.
Jim lived his Christian faith every day and his family creed "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" guided his every decision. His life of service began when he was 12 years old when he earned the rank of Eagle Scout . His life was marked by service to others, especially those in the correctional system. He worked with Covenant House, Houston, as a chaplain with the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, and more recently served countless hours mentoring youths in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center in Conroe. He was active in church work, teaching Sunday school and overseeing building projects. Following in his father's footsteps, he became a 33rd degree Shriner.
Jim graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and then enrolled at Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and was posted to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Upon completion of his army service Jim began his lifelong career in the oil industry first with ARCO Chemical and then with Coastal Corporation, later Valero. His work in designing and building chemical plants around the world took Jim and his family to the Netherlands, France, and Aruba. Wherever they lived they became integral parts of the American community. Jim was first and foremost a family man. He is survived by Judy, his wife of fifty three years and their children, daughter Jane Faulkner Davis and her husband Mike, sons Wayne Dawson Faulkner and Michael Moore Faulkner and his wife Christine, grandsons Matt Kojis, Jess Tyler Leonard, James McIntyre Faulkner, and great granddaughter Verati Alyse Leonard. Other survivors include his sister Carolyn Faulkner Warren and husband Jerry, niece Deirdre Moore Warren and nephew Mark Faulkner Warren, and Mary O'Connor, whom he mentored and cherished as a daughter.
Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends will always remember his love for them, his mentorship and wisdom and his countless Blue Bell ice cream outings.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Dowen Johnson at April Sound Church, 67 1/2 April Wind South in April Sound subdivision at 10 am Saturday, June 8. Interment will be in the Faulkner family plot in Gourd Creek Cemetery in New Waverly, Texas, at 12 noon. There will be a reception immediately afterwards for family and friends in the Blue House of the Faulkner Farm, which has been in the family for over 100 years. Jim has been instrumental in the preservation of this farm. Visitation will be Friday, June 7 between 6 and 8 pm at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, 20850 Eva St., Montgomery, Texas 77356.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be given in Jim's name to the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Academy Drive, Conroe, Texas 77301, Attention of Kara Evans. You are invited to leave a memorial condolence to the family at www.shmfh.com