OBITUARY

James Andrew Cartwright Jr.

January 7, 1985May 8, 2018

James Andrew Cartwright, Jr. passed away on May 8, 2018 at the age of 33. He was born in Houston, Texas on January 7, 1985. James was raised in a family of faith, baptized into the communion of saints and confirmed into The Church.

The quintessential Texan, James loved The Lone Star State, The Red Raiders, being an Oil and Gas Landman, and hunting. But, more than anything, he cherished his wide circle of family and friends.

James relished life with the family. His four brothers and sister were a tight, devoted and loyal circle that stayed closely connected though miles often separated them. He loved family gatherings where he would often smoke meats and organize the games/entertainment. Children gravitated toward James. He was always the first to scoop them up and give them a hug.

James had a gift for well-timed witty comments that added poignant perspective to the subject at hand. He was a true southern gentleman, always the first to open a door, pull out a chair and offer a beverage. James worked tirelessly to keep connections alive and had the ability to make anyone feel comfortable and welcome.

James grew up in Austin and Waco until the 9th grade. He was then accepted into the prestigious McCallie College Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where his father and 4 brothers also attended. James thrived in the comradery of dorm life and formed many life-long friendships. He strongly embraced the McCallie foundational creed of “Honor, Truth, Duty” and often reminded the family and friends of the McCallie motto “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”

After high school, James attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he excelled academically in the major of Energy Commerce Petroleum Land Management. James embraced the college years where he found the most meaningful and profound friendships of his life. He was very active in the Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity and devoted to the brotherhood it fostered. He chaired the famous yearly “Calf-Fry” event, discovering a love for business management and entertaining. James did all of this while repeatedly being named to the Dean’s Honor List.

His degree led to work in the oil and gas field as a Landman, negotiating the acquisition or divestiture of property mineral rights. With James’ servant heart and ethical integrity, he made sure that landowners, whether mom & pop farmers/ranchers or corporations, got a fair deal. To James, a “good deal” was a deal that was good for all parties. By the time negotiations were concluded, successful or not, James had made a new business associate and forged a new friendship as well.

When you had a conversation with James Cartwright, he made you feel like you were the only person in the world. He was so present in his conversations, always engaging with a new insight or word of encouragement. James was an amazing conversationalist, full of wit and fun, and had a smile that would light up any gathering.

Despite that light in him, James battled the darkness of depression and alcoholism. Although he loved and appreciated others, and knew that he was greatly loved, he continued in that struggle.

James was preceded in death by his grandparents: James W Cartwright, Leland F and Marilyn Cadenhead and Glenn A vonRosenberg. He is survived by his parents: James A “Drew” and Darlyn Cartwright, and Amy C Kyle; his grandmothers: Josephine J Cartwright and Barbara Jo vonRosenberg; his siblings: Claten W Bechtol and wife Gretchen, children Emery and Knox; Cooper A Bechtol, son Liam and his mother JoAnne McPartlin; Taylor L Cartwright; Conner N Bechtol and wife Lila; Caroline C Cartwright; his Katy family: Samantha Harlan, children Preston and Taytem. Many aunts, uncles and cousins that James loved so very much and stayed in close touch with…Cartwrights, Cadenheads, vonRosenbergs, Johnstons, Kyles, Overbeys.

A celebration of James’ life will be held on Wednesday May 16th, 2:00 pm at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road in Austin, Tx. Feel free to don your western wear, Texas Tech red and black or military uniform.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The McCallie School, Solstice Recovery Foundation, or an organization of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • James was preceded in death by his grandparents: James W Cartwright, Leland F and Marilyn Cadenhead and Glenn A vonRosenberg. He is survived by his parents: James A “Drew” and Darlyn Cartwright, and Amy C Kyle; his grandmothers: Josephine J Cartwright and Barbara Jo vonRosenberg; his siblings: Claten W Bechtol and wife Gretchen, children Emery and Knox; Cooper A Bechtol, son Liam and his mother JoAnne McPartlin; Taylor L Cartwright; Conner N Bechtol and wife Lila; Caroline C Cartwright; his Katy family: Samantha Harlan, children Preston and Taytem. Many aunts, uncles and cousins that James loved so very much and stayed in close touch with…Cartwrights, Cadenheads, vonRosenbergs, Johnstons, Kyles, Overbeys.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Matthew Van Horn

May 18, 2018

I knew James through his close friend, Trace. I didn’t know him before that and we had no history to speak of. From the moment I met him he immediately accepted me into his circle and treated me like we had know each other a long while. He had a great big personality that anyone who met him even for a moment, was surely to remember. I can only imagine the loss of those who were in fact close to him.

Nona Allen

May 17, 2018

I did not know James, but was touched by his obituary because it reminded my of our son who passed away on 2/10/2015. He was the same age as James. It sounds like they were two beautiful souls who left this world way too soon. I just felt it in my heart to tell you that you are in my prayers, because I know what a hard journey this is to walk. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for weeks to come. Should you ever want to talk to a mom and dad who understand, please let us know.
In love and sorrow,
Nona Allen

Ray and Pam Flowers

May 16, 2018

Mere words cannot express how devastated we are on James passing and how truly our hearts break for you, his family. He was such a kind and loving young man. His smile could light up a room and our German Shepherd Dog Lexi adored him. He used to take such pride in the fact that the only two men Lexi adored was himself and Ray. Smart, funny, giving, someone who was always ready to lend a helping hand. We wish he would have taken ours when we reached out to him in his pain. Know he was loved and we will never forget him.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, Ray & Pam Flowers

Tracy & Atmar Thompson

May 16, 2018

We were able to spend time with James during his relationship with our daughter, Laura, while he was in Chattanooga and also in Texas. He was a young man with impeccable manners and we'll always remember his infectious smile! We were so saddened to hear of his tragic death because even though he was no longer in our life, we have always loved and cared for him. Our prayer for you, your family and his friends is that our God gives you peace beyond all understanding because this is something that will never make sense. Lifting you all up in prayers and our sincere sympathy to each of you.

Michelle Colaninni

May 15, 2018

To my friend, mentor, and one of the best men I have known. You had a special way to touch everyone you met. I will be forever thankful for the time we spent together and all of the memories. You will truly be missed and will always hold a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences to your family and loved ones..

Paul (Hyukboo) Kwon

May 15, 2018

I met James in the 10th grade at McCallie. His dorm room was right down the hall from mine, and it didn't take long for us to become close friends (not to mention that he was one of the few that could pronounce my name correctly). I was new to the States then and my family was still in Korea. James invited me over to his home in Waco for the entire duration of the fall break, which is one of the memories I will forever cherish in my life. We lost touch for a while but got reconnected through FB about 5 years ago. Recently, we were talking online and decided to do a video call the next day, which got postponed due to our schedule differences. That was our last conversation.

James, it breaks me to hear that you are not here anymore. We promised to meet up again on my next visit to the States. I guess it will have to happen a little later now. Thank you for being a true friend. You were an amazing guy. I will miss you, brother.

Drew and Darlene, Claten, Cooper, Taylor, Conner and Caroline, I'll keep you in my prayers. You have my deepest condolences.

Kaci Scott

May 14, 2018

I knew James in college but I really got to know him when he lived with my now husband Jason, in Dallas. We had a lot of fun those couple of years. You could always count on James for a smile, a laugh, and a round of guitar hero (which he won every time). We are so sorry for your loss and will miss him dearly.

Kaci Scott
Psalm 18:2

Laura Maynor

May 14, 2018

So blessed to have been a part of James’ life, he was such a wonderful person and will be tremendously missed. My deepest condolences to all of his loved ones

Kendra Nyegaard

May 14, 2018

via con dios. <3 you will never be forgotten

Harry Antonopoulos

May 14, 2018

I’ll always remember how much James loved the outdoors and of course his loyal four legged friend Hoss. He was the most genuine man you could ever hope to know. James was the definition of a Southern gentleman, and had the ability to make someone feel like they were his best friend even if they just met him. I feel very honored and priveledged to have called him a good friend of mine. We will miss him dearly.