James Edmonds

James T. Edmonds, beloved husband and father and consummate gentleman, passed away unexpectedly on the 11th of May, 2014, at his home in Houston. Jim was born on the 10th of June, 1944, to James and Patricia Edmonds in Wichita, Kansas, and was reared in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Kay, and his parents. Jim is survived by his wife, Annette Seidel Edmonds, and children, Andrew James Edmonds and Sarah Rose Edmonds. He is also survived by his brother Charles and family.
A proud member of the Church of Christ, Jim graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1966. His first job was serving as executive assistant to Houston Mayor Louie Welch, where he spent 10 years. Early in that period, Jim took a leave to serve as administrative assistant to Governor John Connally. Following those years, Jim became a consulting principal with KPMG-Peat Marwick and was a founding partner of an investment banking firm before becoming President of Edmonds & Company, a business consulting firm.
Throughout his life, Jim was devoted to public service and understood the public sector better than most. From 1996 through 2012, he served as a commissioner and then as chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. He oversaw a time of tremendous growth at the Port.
Jim served on many boards of the Memorial Hermann Health System for 26 years, committing countless hours to its mission and goals. He was chairman of the Hospital System Board in 2007-2008. Jim's quiet and steady leadership was invaluable. He was a member of the board and executive committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. One of his proudest achievements was being named Father of the Year in 2010 by the organization Change Happens.
Honorary Pallbearers are Andrew J. Edmonds, Ned S. Holmes, Robert M. Collie, Jr., James R. Royer, Michael G. Bartolotta, Grover G. Jackson, Joe B. Allen, Clive Shkedy, M.D. and Ariel Velasco, M.D., many of whom are his bird hunting buddies of many years.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Jim from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Sunday, the 18th of May, in the grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, 77057.
A memorial service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 19th of May, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family in a reception to be held at the church.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the "Edmonds Children's College Fund," c/o Prosperity Bank, Attention: Teller Line, 55 Waugh Drive, Ste. 100, Houston, TX 77007.


Funeral Home

Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
1010 Bering Drive Houston, TX 77057
(713) 789-3005

Published in Houston Chronicle from May 14 to May 18, 2014