James Braddock Tripson

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Captain James Braddock Tripson of The Woodlands, Texas went to be with the Lord February 18, 2012. Jimmy was born in Falfurrias, Texas, one of seven children to Henry James and Dorothy Boyd Tripson. He graduated from Sweeny High School (Class of '66) and worked his way through college, earning a bachelor's degree in criminology with a math minor from Sam Houston State University in 1973.

In 1974 he fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a U.S. Air Force pilot, proudly serving his country from 1974 to 1980. Jimmy then joined corporate aviation as Chief Pilot for Gator Hawk, an oil service firm in Houston, Texas. While with Gator Hawk he met and married his wife of 27 years, Susan Hasha Tripson.

Jimmy began his lengthy pilot's career with Continental Airlines in 1985. Initially stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, he then spent time based in Denver before Houston became his home base. Jimmy was very outgoing and enjoyed rich friendships with people from many walks of life. He was a generous mentor who gave freely of his time and talents. Jimmy was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all whom came in contact with him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Dorothy Tripson and brother Timothy Tripson. He is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Tiffany Nicole, son Nicholas Braddock, sisters Nancy Woodrow, Barbie Drenner, Virginia Huffer (Wilson), Karen Tripson, Mary Ann Stephenson (Gary), brothers-in-law Bruce Hasha (Charlene), Brian Hasha (Linda) and David Hasha (Lauren), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Woods Edge Community Church located at 25333 Gosling Road, Spring, Texas 77389. A reception will immediately follow the service.

Jimmy's heart went out to the Lost Boys of Sudan, whom he mentored and supported since learning of their plight in 2002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Refugee Aid Ministries (non profit 501C3) by sending to PO Box 130601, The Woodlands, Texas 77389.

Published on yourconroenews.com from Feb. 21 to Mar. 5, 2012
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