Mr. James Lee Death

February 17, 1955April 27, 2021
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James Lee “Jimmy” Death, 66, of Southlake, Texas died on April 27, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on February 17, 1955 to William Bailey Death, Sr. and Mildred Dolores Martin Death in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jimmy was a 1973 graduate of Wade Hampton High School in Hampton, South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma. He married Cindy Lee Marshall on October 20, 1979 in Checotah, Oklahoma.

Jimmy began his career as a Petroleum Landman in 1978 with Phillips Petroleum Company in Houston, Texas. He transferred to the Jackson, Mississippi office and returned to Houston in 1980. In 1981, he accepted a position with Andover Oil Company, later Santa Fe Minerals, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also worked for Sampson Resources in Tulsa. In 1992 he joined Apex Oil Company in Houston.

In 1994, he joined Cross Timbers Oil, later XTO Energy Inc, in Fort Worth, Texas where he rose to Senior Vice President of Land. In 2014 he retired after a thirty-six-year career in the oil and gas industry.

Jimmy was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL) where he served on the Ethics Board. He was a member and former President of the Fort Worth Association of Petroleum Landmen (FWAPL) where he held various board positions. Additionally, he was a member of numerous Associations of Petroleum Landmen including ETAPL (East Texas), TAPL (Tulsa), OCAPL (Oklahoma), DAPL (Dallas), PBLA (Permian Basin), FSAPL (Fort Smith), HAPL (Houston), and MAPL (Mississippi). He was also a member of the Fort Worth Wildcatters. Jimmy was a knowledgeable and willing teacher to anyone who wanted to learn about the oil and gas industry. He was a former Chairman of the Fort Worth Heart Walk and TEAM JIMMY worked on many Habitat for Humanity downtown builds in Fort Worth. He also served on the board of Russwood on the Lake Homeowners Association, Pottsboro, Texas

He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, Jimmy-Pa and friend.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Cindy Marshall Death, his grandparents Harry Lee and Vivian Bailey Death and James Robert and Mildred Root Martin, his brother, Jeffrey Martin Death, Sr., his nephew, Jeffrey Martin Death, Jr., and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Lila McKee Marshall.

He is survived by daughters, Julia Death Burns and Cynthia Death Machowski, grandchildren, Jack Scott Burns, Cindy Lee Machowski, Lila Jane Burns and Davis James Machowski and sons-in-law, Jeffrey Scott Burns and Michael Anthony Machowski, of Prosper, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, William Bailey Death, Jr. and sister-in-law, Rita Brown Death of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sister-in-law, LuAnn Marshall York and brother-in-law, Gregory Todd York, of Sugar Land, Texas, niece Bailey Irene Death of Charlotte, North Carolina, nephews, William Bailey Death III and wife, Lauren, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Phillip Lee Death and wife, Sara, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, John Marshall York of Sugar Land, Texas and James Todd York of Missouri City, Texas, as well as numerous cousins, colleagues and friends.

If you wish to send flowers in honor of Jimmy please contact Lilium Floral Design at 817-589-1566 or by visiting their website at


  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


Mr. James Lee Death

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Terry Cook

May 11, 2021

Dealt with Jimmy on several deals and he was a fantastic negotiator and a great person, I learned a lot from him.. he will be missed. My prayers are with his family.
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Mike Nolte

May 11, 2021

Jimmy knew the word no well
Great guy

Mark Johnson

May 11, 2021

Sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to family.

Gloria Davis

May 6, 2021

I met Jimmy at XTO Energy in 2001, and all of my interactions with him were great. He was nice and always helpful. He was welcoming and always had a smile on his face. He was a BLESSING to all who knew him. RIP!!

Jacklee Woods

May 5, 2021

To Jimmy family, please know that my time at XTO Energy was enhanced just knowing him. You ALWAYS had a smile from Jimmy😊. If I had to come to the office I’d see Debbie, then he’d peek his head around and say: “ How are you today?” And of course, with that Beautiful smile! I’m glad that on my road to life, I had the chance to know Jimmie. What a Wonderful person. Revelation 21:3-4

Howard Bradford

May 4, 2021

I always enjoyed working with Jimmy Death in getting projects accomplished. He gave XTO a great reputation thru his hard work and cooperation with other companies that few could match. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Paula Thompson

May 2, 2021

I have such fond memories of of Jimmy from my time at XTO. He was always so friendly and kind, always ready with that big smile! He was one of so many that made XTO a wonderful family company. Thoughts and prayers for all who knew and loved him.

Mark O’Brien

May 2, 2021

What a wonderful, fun loving, hard working co-worker. Miss those old XTO days working the mid-continent with Jimmy!

Bettie Richards

May 2, 2021

It was a honor to know Jimmy during our time at XTO. I don't have to tell you, Julie & Cynthia, what a wonderful, kind, gentle man that your Dad was. He showed Jesus to all that knew him.

My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

Debbie Pearson

May 2, 2021

I worked for Jimmy at Cross Timber's/XTO for over 15 years. It is a great time! It was hard to convince him to change the way he did anything. Of course his way was better! You did not use Ctrl P to print You had to use FILE PRINT! I have a million great stories! He was the best. I know he is with Cindy now and has that great smile!😃. Both left us too soon.