Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors

5400 Bell Avenue, Amarillo, TX


James D. Hess

April 7, 1939February 6, 2020

James Delaney Hess, passed away peacefully Thursday evening on February 6,2020.

Jim was born April 17, 1939 to Benjamin and Lonnie Hess in Bunkie Louisiana. He was an educator with a Masters Degree from Louisiana Tech University.

Jim is survived by his sons Kevin and Andy, brothers Hunter and Bill, sister Carolyn, grandchildren Chloe, Camille, Eve, and Liam and his best friend and companion Peter who held him with high regard and attended to his care during his remaining time with us.

Special sincere gratitude and thanks from Jim for the blessing of special friends who came to share caring loving moments with him while hospitalized and for the many sincere heart felt prayers and blessings of the church community.

Rest in peace Jim, you are an example of courage to those who knew you well with the many challenges you faced during your last years.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020


James D. Hess

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Becky Nordyke

February 12, 2020

Jim was a very sweet neighbor always sitting in the driveway waving and watching out for the neighborhood. We loved to stop and visit with him. We were very lucky at Christmas time to receive his and Peters Awesome Peanut Brittle. Jim’s big smile and waves will be greatly missed.

Marion Crosswhite

February 11, 2020

Jim was a wonderful person and a wonderful friend. He had a special way with each child he taught and made every child feel special.

Khristi Jones

February 11, 2020

What a treasure this man was! My daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren couldn’t have had a better, nicer, kinder soul with which to share a side-yard. He dropped a little kindness every time we visited, and I’ll miss those conversations.
RIP, Jim. Pete, you and Jim’s family are in my prayers.