James "Jim" "Jim" Naylor
1934 - 2021
James "Jim" Naylor

Sept. 3, 1934 - Jan. 9, 2021

January 9, 2021, James William "Jim" Naylor earned his eternal wings when he was called Home by our Heavenly Father. Jim will forever sing His glorious praises with God's angelic choir.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy Naylor; his son, Donnie Naylor; his sister, Virginia Cleveland; and his brother, Ben Naylor. Jim was preceeded in death by his son, Gary Naylor; his sister, Betty Biggs; and his stepsister, Mary Esther Smith.

Jim was born in Amarillo, TX, on September 3, 1934, and spent his early years growing up on a farm in the Texas Panhandle area. Jim graduated from Panhandle High School in 1952; married his highschool sweetheart, Kathryn Beth "Kathy" Eckman in 1956; and served in the U.S. Army until 1957.

Jim and Kathy farmed and ranched near the small town of Panhandle, TX until Jim expanded his agricultural profession working for W.R. Grace Co. Jim remained in the agriculture industry until his retirement as general manager of the Double Circle Co-op, Waco, TX, in 1999.

Ask Jim anytime and he would agree his greatest pleasure was celebrating 64 years of marriage with his wife, Kathy. They enjoyed life being parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, but many of their happiest moments were simply being together.

Jim was a true hard working man who spent his long earned days wearing a smile and extending a helping hand. Jim was a protector and provider for his family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids; tinkering in his shop; or discussing a variety of topics with his band of coffee-drinking cronies.

First and foremost, Jim was a Servant of God; always willing to share his praises and lend a servant's hand. Jim and Kathy joined the Woodway First United Methodist Church in 1970; continued their Methodist membership throughout life's travels and returned to Woodway First United Methodist in 1986; where their membership remains today.

Hearts are heavy with sadness as we begin this new chapter of life without our Patriarch by our side. We will miss your smiling face, your clever wit in conversation, your amazing craftsmanship, your welcoming hugs and empowering love. Your legacy will remain forever close to our hearts. We will share stories in days ahead and embrace your memory a little closer. Although you are not with us here on Earth, we can feel your Heavenly embrace of comfort.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to any of the following:

1) Woodway First United Methodist Church

2) Mission Waco

3) Crossfire-Dallas
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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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Kathy and Donnie, Heaven gained a faithful servant. Jim was always kind and I loved his smile. I'm so glad that Tim and I had a chance to know him. Jim was extraordinary. I have a feeling that he will be front and center of the welcoming committee when the Lord calls you home some day. Until then, what a gift it is to love someone so much that it hurts when they pass away. Much love, Denise
Tim and Denise Martindale
January 20, 2021
Kathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love and blessings!
Paula & Don Vance
January 17, 2021
So sorry. We have all lost someone special in our life. Prayers for you Kathy, Donnie & Family.
Bobi Griffin
January 14, 2021
I'm Sorry to read this Kathy.
Joel Randolph
January 14, 2021
Donnie, So sad to read of your dad's passing. My prayers to you, your mom and family during this sad time. May God's love bring you comfort and peace. In love and sympathy, Pam Bethke Cooper
Pam Cooper
January 14, 2021
So sorry for your loss. It will be a loss for all that knew Jim. We will certainly miss his wit and humor at the coffee shop. God Bless
Bob Chapman
January 14, 2021
Sorry for your loss Donnie. Keeping you and your family in our prayers
Marvin Pankonien
January 14, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Naylor being a man with a big smile who loved his family! I will keep you in my prayers.
Kim Felty Pearson
January 14, 2021