James William Means|
James "Jimmy" Means died peacefully in his Kingwood home surrounded by loved ones on February 10, 2017 at the age of 93. He was born on February 19, 1923 to James and Dillard Means in Independence, MO.
Jimmy graduated from high school in Vivian, LA in 1939. He was active in the band and worked as a lifeguard on summer breaks. He actually hitchhiked to LSU and joined the Marching Band, Kappa Sigma Fraternity and University Symphony. Upon graduating he joined the U.S. Navy during WWII where he served aboard the USS General T.H. Bliss. He graduated from Midshipman School at Cornell University. While stationed in New Orleans, he married his high school sweetheart Nell Rives. They moved to Norman Oklahoma where he earned a law degree from Oklahoma University. Jimmy worked the next 36 years for Amoco Oil Co. Upon retirement, he started the Amoco Retiree Golf Group which is still active today.
Jimmy always had a twinkle in his eyes and loved everyone he met. He was always planning the next get-together and active until his death.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Nell of 62 years and his loving son John of 57 years. He is survived by his daughter Susan and husband Kenneth; son James and wife Diane; grandchildren Dana Ferguson, Joseph Ferguson, Kara Clemmons and husband Kevin, Kelley Brown and husband Graham, great-grandchild Kyle Clemmons, brother-in-law Mack Rives and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Jimmy truly considered his friends as his family.
Memorial Services will be held at Atascocita United Methodist Church located at 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble, TX 77346 on Saturday, February 18th at 10am. Jimmy requested memorial donations to AUMC at www.aumc.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 14, 2017