James Willford Ainsley

December 31, 1942October 28, 2012

James “Jim” Willford Ainsley, CMSGT, Ret., 69, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at a local nursing center in Abilene. Graveside services will be 4:00p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, with Pastor Jerry Jordan officiating.

Jim was born on December 31, 1942 in Portsmouth, VA, to Thomas W. and Olive M. Windley Ainsley. He graduated high school and furthered his education with two associate degrees. Jim married Ursulina Maria Borges on September 11, 1972, and she passed away in 2009.

Jim served his country for 29 years in the United States Air Force which included two tours in Vietnam. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Lockheed Martin at Dyess, AFB as an Air Crew Loadmaster Technical Instructor for the C130 aircrew training system.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Ursulina Ainsley; and his sister, Mary Jeanne Ainsley.

Survivors include his two sons, Dean Ainsley of Jasper, GA, and James Ainsley of Abilene; two daugters, Darcy Partridge of Alpharetta, GA, and Wendy Ainsley of Abilene; two brothers, Lindley and Tim Ainsley, both of Chesapeake, VA; and nine grandchildren.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, November 4, 2012

James Willford Ainsley

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Dean Ainsley

July 11, 2013

Thank you all the words & memories

Rich Dunlap

November 6, 2012

I had the pleasure of working with Jim several years ago when we both were C-130 Simulator Instructors. He was always a true professional. Please accept my condolences for your loss and my gratitude for Jim's service to our country.

Ritchie Rud, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

November 6, 2012

So sorry to hear of our Chief's passing. He was a true friend and amazing mentor for my generation of loadmasters. I was blessed to have had him in my life when I needed expert advice from one of the best in our field. He'll be missed but know that I will carry a part of him with me always as I have continued my loadmaster journey in the civilian world.

Jen Johnston

November 4, 2012

It was a great pleasure caring for Mr. Ainsley. He was a joy to be around. Me deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

Jim & Jeanie Kilton

November 4, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

John Chesser

November 4, 2012

My thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy. I enjoyed a business relationship with Jim for many years at lockheed and thouhgt the world of him. He will be missed.

Butch Stratton

November 3, 2012

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. It is always hard to lose a parent at any age.

I served with Jim in the Air Force. He was a great boss and a good friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

May the Lord give you comfort during this very difficult time.

Rich Blazier

November 2, 2012

Jim always kept the simulator building a fun place to work. His friendship will be missed!

Stu West

October 31, 2012

Jim was a great drag racer, because he had fun doing it. Our paths didn't cross until the dragstrip but I think I would have enjoyed knowing him better away from the track. God Bless!