James Thomas "Jimmy" Ainsworth was born November 16, 1921, to John Riley and Lula Anne Brandon Ainsworth in Marshall, Texas. He was a very proud World War II veteran serving in the U S Army Air Force. After the war, he returned to Marshall, where he married the love of his life, Melba Lee Watson, in 1946. In 1960, Jimmy relocated his family to Midland, where he was a self-employed plastering contractor, until his retirement in 1981. Jimmy was a faithful Christian and spent his retirement years serving First Assembly of God Church in Midland, as Head Usher. He loved his children, lived for his grandchildren, and worshiped his great-grand- children. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003 and his youngest daughter, Susan Hall in 2006. He is survived by daughters, Sandy Pruitt and husband, Dave of Midland, Karen Houghton and husband, Cliff of Amarillo; and son, Ron Ainsworth and wife, Peggy of Midland. He is also survived by six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Steve Pruitt, Mark Pruitt, Heather Houghton, Chris Hall, Corey Hall, and Cara Hall. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 12th, at Resthaven Memorial Park, at 1:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Missions Fund, FBO Mike McGee, 100 W Wadley, Midland, TX 79705. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on May 12, 2012