JAMES, Sr., Terrell Rogers|
Terrell Rogers James, Sr., of Smithville and Austin, a student of nature and all things wild, passed away peacefully at his ranch in Smithville surrounded by his family. He would have been 82 on July 12.
Terry, a fifth-generation Texan, was born in Dallas to Grace Rogers and Judson James. His great grandfather, Abner Cook, the "Master Builder", was known for his many Austin Greek Revival homes, notably the Governor's Mansion. His great grandfather, Judge A.W. Terrell, was an Ambassador to Turkey, a Texas lawmaker and an author of the bill creating the University of Texas. His grandfather, A.B. Rogers, was founder and operator of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos where Terry and his cousins spent many summers on the river.
Terry was a proud member of the class of '50 at Highland Park High School. He attended Sewanee, the University of Texas and graduated from Texas State. He was a member and officer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and served two "boring" years in the U.S. Army.
He was a registered member of the New York Stock Exchange and was in the securities business in Austin for 40 years until he retired to the family ranch in Smithville where he became active in wildlife management and ranch restoration.
"Big T" showed us how to be a loyal friend, a lover of nature and a believer of God. A good day for Dad was an early morning bird hunt with the guys, a jog round Town Lake and an evening beer at Dirty Martin's with his cronies. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, especially relaxing on the beach with friends in Zihuatanejo, grooming ranch pastures on his tractor and scrabble games with Lady Di. He will be remembered for his wit, being true to his word, and his big heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Judson S. James III. He is survived by Dianne Hill James, his loving wife of almost 60 years; his children and their spouses, Jill James and Scott Stevens, Terry James, Jr., Jennifer James and John Vail, Jan James and Dave McLendon; 10 grandchildren and a niece and nephew. His family was his treasure and he was happiest when his home overflowed with laughter of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 24 at St. James Episcopal Church in La Grange and a celebration following at the Over the Hill ranch in Smithville. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a donation in Terry's honor may consider a gift to St. James Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, the A.B. and Irene Rogers Aquatic and Biology Scholarship at Texas State or the TAG for brain research: www.thinkaheadgroup.org.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 13 to July 25, 2014