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
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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2021.