James Gazzaway

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  • "Jim, you are indeed a very special friend to all that had..."
    - Ralph Barr
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Graveside services for James (Jim) Kimbell Gazzaway will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 11:30a.m. at Conroe Memorial Cemetery in Conroe, Texas. Bro. John Helbig will officiate.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 3:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Mr. Gazzaway passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Kindred Hospital Dallas Central in Dallas, Texas.

He was born on February 23, 1925, in Thornton, Texas to Luther Govan and Willie T. (Jordan) Gazzaway. He married Lois Esma Cooper on May 8, 1944, in Teague, Tx, and shared some fifty-five years of marriage together before being separated by her death. He later married Mary Jo (Allison) Shoemake on March 18, 2000, in Garland and was blessed with over seventeen years of marriage together. Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as an Aviation Cadet. He entered into his service at Camp Beauregard, LA, in August of 1942, and received his honorable discharge at Sacramento Army Air Base, California, on December 19, 1945. After his discharge, he went into the photography business in Teague. He later returned to flying and progressed from crop dusting to being a licensed Airline Captain, flying executive airplanes for various companies including Sinclair Refining Co, Wanda Petroleum, and Newton Properties in Conroe. He was also a licensed Aircraft and Engine Mechanic and during his working life operated a service station, an automotive garage, a Radio Shack store, a Motorola two-way radio facility, and a computer consulting company in Fairfield. Among his most cherished accomplishments was preaching the very first sermon for the Memorial Church of Christ, now the Longmire Road Church of Christ, in Conroe. That first service was held in the home of the late Mrs. Viva McComb in Conroe.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Gazzaway of Fairfield; one daughter, Loraine Ray & husband J. D. of Garland; one grandson, Stephen Mark Ray & wife Jennifer of Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Bailey Anderson Ray, Elyssa Estelle Ray and Truett Kimbell Ray; one step-son, Clifton Lee Shoemake & wife Linda of Georgetown; step-daughter, Sharon Jo Moore & husband Mike of Bellvue, Nebraska; two step-grandsons, Daniel Moore and Jon Moore; two step-great-granddaughters, Riley Marie Moore and DeElla Elizabeth Moore; other relatives and friends.

Mr. Gazzaway was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois E. (Cooper) Gazzaway; three grandsons, Baby Boy Ray, Jonathan Kimbell Ray, and Robert Garrett Ray; two half-brothers; and two half-sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Foster's Home for Children, P.O. Box 978, Stephenville, TX 76401.

Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.

Bowers Funeral Home

900 U.S. Hwy 84 West

Teague, Texas 75860

(254) 739-2511


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Bowers Funeral Home - Teague
900 U.S. HWY 84
Teague, TX 75860
254-739-2511
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