Jim Gough "Mr. Texas"

March 18, 1931June 7, 2016
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James Russell Gough (Jim Gough, Mr. Texas)

James Russell Gough (Jim Gough, Mr. Texas), was born March 18, 1931 to Earl and Margaret Gough in Stephenville, Texas where his father was Dean of Music at John Tarleton College.

Jim grew up in Austin, attending Austin High School and The University of Texas before joining the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served as a journalist, building an Armed Services Radio Station at Sangley Point, Philippine Islands. Upon returning Jim studied commercial art at the prestigious Art Center College of Design.

Jim met and married his wife, Gail Williams, in 1961 at a ceremony at Hyde Park Christian Church, Austin, where Gail was employed as choir director. Throughout Jim’s remarkable career he was able to utilize his talents as an advertising art director, in Dallas and Houston. With his gifted, vibrant voice he recorded untold numbers of radio and TV commercials. Jim Gough, the man called “Mr. Texas” used his patented Texas drawl to record 60 Western audio books and his acting career included around 20 movies and TV series. In recognition of a lifetime promoting, playing, singing and recording with bands and combos, Jim was inducted into 5 Western Swing Hall of Fame Societies. He made lasting friends wherever he went.

He is survived by his wife and two wonderful sons: David Earl Gough, daughter-in-law Kristine Gough, grandson Jonathan and granddaughter Madison of Cypress, Texas; and son Jim Gough, Jr. of Jonestown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 or phone (888) 733-6741.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th St., Austin, TX 78751.

Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, Burnet, TX. Online condolences may be made at


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 18, 2016


Jim Gough "Mr. Texas"

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Bruce Strang

November 22, 2016

I will always remember the voice ". Mr. Texas " the many miles I travel with you as my company . Rest In Peace my friend.

Ray Poston

September 15, 2016

A man of many talents was Jim. I had the pleasure to work with him as a free-lance copywriter, helping him create ads and brochures on everything from barbeque joints to forklifts to his grandfather's book of cowboy poetry. Best of all was sitting around after the work was completed and listening to his many and funny stories of his advertising business and his music career, playing with some of Texas' best musicians. I include him in that legendary group.

Hans Sander

July 27, 2016

I am sorry for the loss of the Gough family. God Bless. I always enjoyed talking to Jim about music.


June 29, 2016

Sorry for your loss. John 11:44


June 26, 2016

I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to the Gough family and friends. May drawing close to God in prayer brings you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

stephen scott

June 17, 2016

My dad,wayne scott from houston,texas knew jim for 40 years. Jim was a great voice doing ads for Luther's barbeque,many tv & radio ads. Gail,a oiano teacher in needville. They lived in austin also. Hi Gail. He played Bob Wills Texas music. God bless your family. Bet your playing and singing in heaven. See u there.

Brenda Gerstemeier

June 13, 2016

I so fondly remember sharing time with Jim and Gail at the little country Methodist church in Needville, TX. He was so talented and kind, I can still hear his unique voice. Gail, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.

Charlotte Miears

June 13, 2016

Gail...I regret that I was unable to come up to see you & Jim again as I always enjoyed both of you so much...Jim was a wonderful person and if anybody made it up to Heaven...Jim did...Bless his heart...his suffering is now over and he is once again reunited with family and friends that passed on before him (like Bobby Miears) and I know that some day I will see him again...always remember that Jim is still with you because now you carry him "in your heart"...may the good Lord watch over you and your family as you go through this difficult time...keep the faith and God bless you all.


June 12, 2016

Gail I didn't know Jim that well but remember you talking about him so much. Just think how he greeted God and the Angels above! Reading these few online memories about earlier times help cement in my mind how important Jim was to a particular time and space of music--and will always be.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I know if you and I hadn't met through CDXVIIC we would through our mutual love of music.

You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I light a virtual candle just to keep Jims music going longer for all of us. With much love--Carrie, Greg, Meghan and Ian Richardson

"Danny Mack" McWilliams

June 12, 2016

To Jim's family. I want to thank you for sharing Jim with me all of these years. His friendship meant the world to me, and will forever cherish the memories. Please know my Thoughts and Prayers are with each of you.