James Bradshaw Earthman IV

July 22, 1957October 29, 2018
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James Bradshaw Earthman IV passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 29, 2018. He was 61 years old.

Jim was born July 22, 1957, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston and Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. After completing his degree, he worked as a stockbroker and real estate broker in New York City. He returned to Houston to join the family business and graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service with honors in 1995. He was the 4th generation of the Earthmans to go into the family business that was established in 1889, managing Earthman Bellaire for 28 years. He always remembered and believed in the statement, “When you get into this business, the business gets into you.” Taking care of families was something he took pride in and was honored to do.

To say Jim loved to travel was an understatement. His favorite place was Aspen, Colorado where he loved to spend time with his dad and have a beer at the Red Onion and loved talking to people all over the world on his “Ham Radio.” Although Jim loved to travel, his greatest joys were his two boys, Garrett and Kyle. He was so proud of the wonderful young men they have become. “Jimmy” as he was affectionately called by his siblings, valued family and was excited for the arrival of his first grandchild and the wedding of his younger son.

Jim was a caring and thoughtful individual. Being a funeral director and helping families through difficult times was his calling. He understood life could be short and to live it to the fullest and letting those that you love, know it. He was a kind and compassionate man not just in his words but with his actions as well.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Mae Earthman. He is survived by his sons Garrett and wife Abigail Earthman, and Kyle Earthman and his fiancée Kristin Powers. His father James B. Earthman III and wife Cindy. His brothers and sisters, Sissy Lappin and husband Mark, Beth Hall and husband John, Katie Cullen and husband Harry, Bill Earthman and Cathryn Wood, John Earthman and wife Michele, Addie Pappous and husband Norman, and Jenny Worsham. His nieces and nephews who adored “Uncle Jimmy”, Leah Lappin, Nick Lappin, Harrison Cullen and wife Lilly, Hugh Roy Cullen, Katie Rose Cullen, Liam Earthman, Bradshaw Earthman, Mary Margaret Earthman, Katherine Earthman, Kelly Owens, Sofia Hitchings, John David Marion and wife Meg, Jim Marion, Richard Pappous and Michael Pappous.

The family would like to thank all of his “work family” at Earthman Bellaire: Merlin Hernandez, Tim McEwen, Carmen Wright, Brandei Walker, Leslie Rojas and Stephanie Deman. Especially Merlin who was not just his coworker, but his friend who he loved as a sister.

Jimmy always had a way of looking for the good in a person or situation. If he didn’t agree with you, he had a gift of understanding why you felt that way and respected your opinion. His understanding and compassion is a wonderful legacy he will leave with us forever.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m., Vigil service, Friday, November 2, 2018 at Earthman Hunters Creek, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77098. Rite of Committal will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Bill Earthman, John Earthman, Nick Lappin, Norman Pappous, Mark Lappin, and Thad Hill.

For those wishing, donations may be made to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77006, or to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Rite of Committal Saturday, November 3, 2018

James Bradshaw Earthman IV

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November 3, 2018

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. It seems unbelievable, but John 5:28, 29 gives us the hope we need in our times of mourning. My heartfelt condolences goes out to the family and friends.

Jim Choate

November 2, 2018

Jim had that constant smile and was a sweet soul and I can't believe he's gone. I worked with Jim for many years at Earthmans as funeral directors. Serious business but we had a good time. Even after I opened my own funeral home we remained friends. We gathered on many occasions in Roundtop, Texas near my farm for drinks and we kept up with each other via text. I find it ironic that one of the last conversations we had he said "Jim I miss my mother". As I have recently lost my mother also, I understood that. I sincerely know he's with her now. Rest in Peach my friend and God Bless You,

Esmeralda Alvarado-Mercado

November 1, 2018

Hard to believe one of our own is gone. My condolences to the Earthman family and his work family at Earthman Bellaire and to all who knew and loved him.

Kendrek D. Herron

October 31, 2018

I was in total shock of hearing the death of Jim. I talked to Jim last month at a First Impressions Summit we attended for the company. When we talked we reminisced about old times. When Earthman was acquired by SCI, Jim came in the office and said, “Did you hear we were bought by SCI” and I was thinking he was joking like he would do at times. He was simply a good man, and he had a true passion for the families that we serve. He will be really missed and a massive link is missing in the chain of Earthman Funeral Directors and SCI. We will have to emulate the professionalism, passion and commitment to the families we are so privileged to care for in their time of bereavement. Thank you Jim for your service to excellence and to all you came in contact with.

Rick Solis

October 31, 2018

When I came to Houston 20 years ago and knew no one, Jim was one of the first to smile and become a great friend . He loved to tell the story of how we met every time we were amongst friends . Witty yet someone that always had a smile . I will miss seeing that smile and laugh . Till we meet again friend .. Rest In Peace ..

Franklin W. "Rusty" Carnes, III

October 31, 2018

Jim was always a true professional. A man that brought dignity to our industry. His family was blessed to have him as a representative of the Earthman family. I know he will be missed. Rest in peace Jim.

Barbara Jones

October 31, 2018

He was always smiling and always had a story to tell. I will miss him forever.