Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


James McPherson Read

October 26, 1931March 13, 2020

James McPherson Read, 88, of Baytown, TX, passed away on March 13, 2020. He was born in Baytown on October 26, 1931 to Ruth Cleo (Fly) Read and Robert Christian Read. James attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown where he met the love of his life, Marlene Henderson. After graduating from high school, he attended the A&M College of Texas (AMCOT). He graduated from Texas A&M in 1953, joined the US Army, and married Marlene. They made their home in Baytown where they raised their family. James worked for Humble Oil & Refinery (Exxon Mobil) for nearly 25 years. He was a member of Goose Creek Masonic Lodge #1192, Baytown, TX. He had a strong Christian faith and was a life-long Methodist. He had a passion for helping youth develop into solid adults - DeMolay and Methodist Youth Fellowship. He was also president of the Gander Booster Club.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Christian Read and Ruth Cleo (Fly) Read.

He is survived by his wife of 66 plus years, Marlene Henderson Read; son, James Robert Read and wife Debbie of Baytown, TX; daughter, Maggie Read of Baytown, TX; son, John M. Read and wife Judith of Houston, TX; a sister, Dolores Read Stringer formerly of Cleburne, TX; and nieces, Sherry and her family, and Stacy and her husband; as well as numerous cousins.

His was a kindly and stoic spirit. To know him was to love him. We celebrate his life, his loves, and his accomplishments. Although we will lament his passing, we rejoice in the touch and affect he had upon us all. We thank God for him in our lives.

The Read family would like to express their appreciation to the entire staff at Focused Care at Burnet Bay for the exemplary service and care to both parents.

His family will receive friends for visitation at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr, Baytown, Texas, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Navarre Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown, Texas.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Burial Thursday, March 19, 2020


James McPherson Read

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David Smitherman

March 20, 2020

Dear Marlene, James, John, and Maggie,
I am deeply moved to have just now have learned of Jim’s passing and apologize for not being there in your time of need. Such a great man, inspiration, and Father figure. I know he will be deeply missed. I have vivid memory’s from such a young age. He always called and made sure I was gonna make it to church meetings, just the good old days, and fellowship. I know he was greeted by many that had gone before him. You all will be in my prayers. May the love and peace of Christ be with you now and forever.
David Smitherman

Marjorie Brewer

March 19, 2020

Marlene and family,
My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I can remember so many fun times we all had together when our children were young. I can remember the fun "back to school" parties and the hayrides! I also remember our school years together. Marlene, we were such good friends and my prayers are with you.
God bless with love,
Yslita Gates Brewer

Ortlin Bergh

March 19, 2020

I remember Jim from the St Paul days, he was very much a leader and helped me in my endeavors greatly. Solid Christian and always willing to lead a helping hand. He will be missed by many. I would be there except for this virus thing now.

Cindy Lipps

March 18, 2020

He and Marlene were my parent in Baytown. they were so wise.

Paul Worley

March 18, 2020

Jim Read was a major influence in the lives of many young men during his time as Chapter Dad, Tri-Cities Chapter Order of DeMolay. He was a guiding light for me during my teen years as well as during my college days at Texas A&M. His lovely wife, Marlene, supported his efforts all the way. They were a great team.
Some people wonder if they made a difference in this life. Jim Read most assuredly did.
Thank you, Sir. Until we meet again,
Paul Worley

Melody Thompson

March 17, 2020

This is my husband's uncle. I am so glad I was able to meet him and his sweet wife not too long ago. I enjoyed spending the weekend with them and listening to his memories and humor and learning that we both liked online games. Blessings to his sweet children.

Joseph Friou

March 17, 2020

I've know the Read family for most of my near 60 years. Our fathers worked together at Exxon (Humble Oil) in the 60s and 70s. Our families attended St. Paul's United Methodist church together. It was there that I first remember meeting their youngest son, John in Sunday school. We became close friends and I grew to know each member of the Read family. The Reads are are a close group. I'll always remember Mr. Read for being a good father, his sense of humor, and being the biggest Aggie fan I ever met. My condolences and love to Mrs. Read, James Jr., Maggie and John.

Jerry Langford

March 17, 2020

One of my favorite cousins. Many memories of visiting when his family lived in Wooster. Even though I was a few years younger and probably a pest, James Mack always made me feel like a brother. Not to mention some rough house games I enjoyed
Quite a guy

Rebecca Baker

March 14, 2020

James's family was my family's backdoor neighbors from the early 60s and I called them my surrogate parents until I moved to Florida in 2017. All those years made many memories of him and I think of him and the Reads often. I wish I had gotten back to see him as I thought about him often. Blessings to the family and James remember that good Aggies are always welcome in heaven.

Love to you all,