Albright, Jimmy Lon Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the age of 79. Jim was born September 18, 1933, in Amarillo, TX. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1952 where he was involved in the Ken Klub, Allied Youth, National Honor Society, and the National Athletics Honor Society. Jim was a two-year quarterback letterman in Sandie football and was inducted into the Sandie Hall of Fame in 2007. Jim was a 1957 graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where he received a BBA degree with a minor in chemistry. He was a member of Phi Kappa PSI fraternity and was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. He worked 45 years with Univar USA, a world-wide distributor of industrial chemicals. Jim was a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and the National Chapter of Chemical Specialty Manufacturing Association in Washington D.C. Jim was on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Rehabilitation Services. This agency rehabilitates, trains, and places the intellectually challenged population into the workforce. They have placed 1500 in the work force in 15 years Jim volunteered for Special Olympics Texas where he was a member of the Development Committee North Texas for 2 years and Chairman of the Auction Committee for 4 black-tie gala fundraisers. He was also a volunteer for Special Olympic Games. Jim received the Special Olympic Area 10 Top Fundraiser Award in 2004 and 2006 and personally raised close to $1,000,000 for Special Olympics. One item that raised $200,000 was a football signed by every living recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Jim spent 2 1/2 years and flew 70,000 miles getting the 54 signatures on the football. After completing the football, he collected signatures of all living Cy Young Award recipients on baseballs. He accomplished this goal, and the balls were sold for another $200,000. He was a finalist for the Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award for charitable efforts. Jim was a well-known avid University of Texas and Texas Ranger fan. He and his wife frequently traveled across the country to attend games for both teams. Jim was a Christian and taught Sunday School for 14 years, was Chairman of Deacons at Northway Baptist Church, and an active deacon at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. He was always willing to share his faith with anyone he came in contact with even up to his last days and willing to generously share other blessings God had given to him. Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years Kaye Frances Rings Albright; daughter, Kate Albright of Dallas; daughter, Karrie Albright Phipps and son-in-law, John Phipps of Anna; granddaughters, Lauren Phipps and Taylor Phipps of Anna. He is also survived by his sister, Wauldine Hall of Amarillo and his aunt, Velma Harris of Amarillo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Grace Albright and his nephews, Steve Hall and Michael Hall. The family would like to express thanks to the staff of Signature Pointe on the Lake and Hospice Plus. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Restland Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the Prestonwood Baptist Church Chapel, Plano campus. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Jim's memory be made to Special Needs Ministry Prestonwood Baptist Church 6801 W. Park Plano, Texas 75093 or to Special Olympics Texas 6707 Brentwood Stair Road, Suite 218, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.
Published in Dallas Morning News from May 7 to May 8, 2013