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Davis-Morris Funeral Home

800 Center Ave, Brownwood, TX

OBITUARY

James Willoughby Fikes

April 27, 1934March 12, 2020

James Willoughby Fikes, age 85 of Lake Brownwood, was born April 27th, 1934 in Llano, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents William Wallace and Exie Dodd Fikes of Brady, Texas; his wife, Shelia Woodson Fikes of Claremore, Oklahoma; his brother, Wallace Fikes, Jr. of Richland Springs, Texas; and his sister, Mary Faye Myer of Wylie, Texas. He is survived by his three children, Kimberly and husband Ken Kelso of Midland, Texas; Lynn and husband Ron Smith of Del Rio, Texas; and James Osborn and wife Noelle Fikes of Abilene, Texas. He is survived by his nephews Barry Fikes and Chuck Carr and niece Kathy Smith. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Kelsi Kelso Pierce, Kade Kelso, Kara Kelso Knicky, Daniel Burright, Tyler Burright, James Caldwell Fikes, Hailee Noelle Fikes, and eleven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, at Highway 279 and 4300 County Road 557 with Reverend Rick Justice officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Avenue in Brownwood, Texas. He was a teacher and coach who loved teaching, training athletes, and attending football games, basketball games, and track and field meets. He was fond of playing dominoes and going to the horse races in Ruidoso, New Mexico, with his friends. He served in the United States Army in Japan, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, and shared the barrack with a then-unknown singer, Conway Twitty. He taught school and coached in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and at a U.S. Indian Reservation. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the coaching profession. He was especially proud of the young men he coached while at Brownwood Junior High School. The family requests that donations be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be left for the family at www.davismorrisfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his three children, Kimberly and husband Ken Kelso of Midland, Texas; Lynn and husband Ron Smith of Del Rio, Texas; and James Osborn and wife Noelle Fikes of Abilene, Texas.
    He is survived by his nephews Barry Fikes and Chuck Carr and niece Kathy Smith.
    He is survived by seven grandchildren, Kelsi Kelso Pierce, Kade Kelso, Kara Kelso Knicky, Daniel Burright, Tyler Burright, James Caldwell Fikes, Hailee Noelle Fikes, and eleven great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents William Wallace and Exie Dodd Fikes of Brady, Texas; his wife, Shelia Woodson Fikes of Claremore, Oklahoma; his brother, Wallace Fikes, Jr. of Richland Springs, Texas; and his sister, Mary Faye Myer of Wylie, Texas.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • James Fikes, Active Pallbearer
  • Tyler Burright, Active Pallbearer
  • Barry Fikes, Active Pallbearer
  • Kade Kelso, Active Pallbearer
  • Eric Pierce, Active Pallbearer
  • Matt Knicky, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Memories

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Bryan Branham

March 22, 2020

Worked with him in junior high. He helped me through math in freshman year. Encouraged my work as football manager when field house was built. Will miss him.

Tonya Horner

March 19, 2020

Such a good man and a good teacher! I enjoyed working with him as a fellow math teacher at Brownwood Junior High. He was always so pleasant and friendly . My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Kayla Williams

March 16, 2020

I'm so lucky to have known coach Fikes for the past 2 years. He came to my work for a pedicure as his doctor ordered and was immediately hooked. He came in every week for the next few months just to get a foot massage. He would always lean his head back let out a funny sigh,(pppffftttt) I'll miss hearing that. I never knew him as a coach, just as a sweet man that loved to come see me. It was always so great to visit with him. He told me a million stories about Bolívar and how he picked his name from Simón Bolívar. His dog was his life. I'll miss our talks and his knowledge. To his family, my heart is heavy for your loss, I know he was deeply loved. Farewell my friend.

Wes Watson

March 15, 2020

Prayers and condolences to the family. I remember Jim as a member of the Job sunday school class at Rocky Creek Baptist Church and also playing dominoes with him and other members of the church. Jim always spoke what was on his mind, you alway knew where he stood on issues, which I truly admired about him. He will be missed.
Wes Watson

Jim Bob Brown

March 14, 2020

Condolences Coach Fikes was one of my favorite coaches. He had confidence enough to start me as a freshman. A fine man will be missed. Wish I could attend the funeral v

Kathy Schott

March 14, 2020

Over the years, Marlene Been has mentioned you so often, I felt I knew you Mr Fikes. You impacted many and left them a better person.
Be at peace.
You are an Guardian Angel now and help Comfort those who miss you.
Condolences to the Fikes Family and Friends
Sincerely
K.

Mark Lamb

March 13, 2020

We all will miss Coach Fikes. He was a very special coach for me in high school and has been a great friend ever since.

Our prayers and condolences are with Coach Fikes and his family.

Mark and Patricia Lamb
Houston

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