OBITUARY

Grady Wilson James Jr.

September 16, 1947August 3, 2018
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Grady W. James, Jr., passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the age of 70. He was born in Jasper County, Texas, on September 16, 1947, to Grady and Eunice Humphreys James. He was raised in Woodville, Texas, with the freedom to roam the woods, hunt rabbits, fish the streams, and learned what he boasted to be his second language: East Texas. He became an entrepreneur at the age of 8 by mowing lawns all over town, and by age 10 had credit with the local hardware store where he bought his own push mower. By his mid-teens, he saved enough money from his job with the county to purchase his first car a used station wagon that his family loaded up in the summer to travel the country. In a home filled with love, honor and respect, he gathered the tools he would need in life, and he implemented them well. Despite all odds, and teachers suggesting he just wasn’t college material, Grady not only graduated from Lamar University, he enrolled in St. Mary’s University School of Law and became licensed to practice law in 1973. And the legal community of East Texas was never the same. With God-given talent of wit and intuition, mixed with hard work, natural skill and shrewdness, Grady quickly became that trial lawyer other lawyers and their clients feared. He is an East Texas legend in family law who leaves behind the standard his peers aspire to reach, yet few may actually achieve. While the list of Grady’s legal achievements would fill pages and a great era has ended, the law never became the man. Grady was a man blessed with a vision that time was not to be squandered, and a spirit that would not allow it. His approach to a new day was to make it better, more exciting, and more fun than the day before. His sense of adventure took him across Texas and the world in search of a flock of doves, a fish on the end of a hook, a deer in the crosshair of a scope, a coyote to mount on the wall, or just a good time with loved ones. His spontaneity drove him and whomever he could coax to ride along to quick trips across the county or state line for a hunt or roll dice. He filled his need to escape boredom by engaging in new hobbies. He perfected target and skeet shooting, reloaded ammunition, learned to fly, toured the country on a Harley, raised cattle and peas, learned to weld and whittle, and whatever piqued his interest once he mastered the hobby before. Grady loved his family and friends. He was always up for a gathering or a road trip, and his years were filled with many. He took great joy in frying fish and making barbeque for crowds of family, friends, colleagues, and sometimes complete strangers as when he prepared kettles of red beans and rice in a hotel parking lot for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The planning and preparation was all a part of the thrill he got in engaging in something productive. To sum up Grady’s life, he is indeed a legend. He is the example that drive can conquer all obstacles, that integrity and self-respect is the pathway to success, and that the love of life itself is the key to happiness. His years were surely filled with love and life because he put love and life in his years. You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough. To those who loved him most, his life here on earth was not enough and it never would be. For Grady, he did it right and it was enough. He is survived by his wife, Carrie James; daughters Diana (Buddy) McGrath, Jennifer (Jeremy) Robin, and Jamie (Jason) Bone; step-children Timothy (Stephanie) Sisak and Kristina (Justin) Weinman; sister Becky (Gary) Brisco; parents in-law Anton and Betty Strzelczyk; siblings in-law Robert (Jackie) Strzelczyk, Michael (Cerise) Strzelczyk, Laurie (Donnie) Garrison; grandchildren Courtney Jackson, Christian Jackson, Claire Robin, Jake Robin, Allison Bone, Travis Bone, Avery Sisak, Peyton Sisak, and Emory Weinman. He leaves behind nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, cousins, many close friends, his treasure Winnie Pooh, and best bud Duanie Pooh Pooh. Visitation will be held at Cashner Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Conroe, 600 North Main Street, Conroe, Texas, on August 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

  • FAMILY

  • Carrie James, Wife
  • Diana McGrath and husband Buddy, Daughter
  • Jennifer Robin and husband Jeremy, Daughter
  • Jamie Bone and husband Jason, Daughter
  • Timothy Sisak and wife Stephanie, Stepson
  • Kristina Weinman and husband Justin, Stepdaughter
  • Becky Brisco and husband Gary, Sister
  • Courtney Jackson, Grandchild
  • Christian Jackson, Grandchild
  • Claire Robin, Grandchild
  • Jake Robin, Grandchild
  • Allison Bone, Grandchild
  • Travis Bone, Grandchild
  • Avery Sisak, Grandchild
  • Peyton Sisak, Grandchild
  • Emory Weinman, Grandchild
  • Parents-in-law, Anton and Betty Strzelczyk; siblings-in-law, Robert and Jackie Strzelczyk, Michael and Cerise Strzelczyk, Laurie and Donnie Garrison;
    nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, many close friends, his treasure Winnie Pooh, and best bud Duanie Pooh Pooh also survive.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeremy Robin
  • Jason Bone
  • Christian Jackson
  • James David Brisco
  • Timothy Sisak
  • John Francois Stewart
  • Duane Corley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Judge Dennis Watson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Turner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jack Grimm, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Kit Harrison, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Judge Jim Keeshan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Blant Evans, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Judge Olen Underwood, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Grady Wilson James Jr.

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Barbara Smith

August 26, 2018

When Grady, or as I called him "Bo" had just graduated from high school, I came to Newton and Woodville to visit family from Michigan. Grady talked Uncle Grady and Aunt Eunice into letting him ride the train back to Michigan with me to spend the summer months with my family. He had NEVER been out of Texas and this was his first time. We had such a great time with him and so many "first" for him. He and my brother Greg, spent many hours picking beans, strawberries to earn spending money. He loved the big city of Grand Rapids and wanted to stay longer but his parents thought it was time to come home. I have thought over the years of our train trip and how much he enjoyed talking to everyone on the train and when we stopped in Bloomington, Ind. and all the college kids got on the train, He told me he wanted to go to college and do "something good in my life". He always had a smile on his face and I just wish I could have spent more time with him and Becky but being so far away, it has been only short visits. I am so very sorry for all of you, as I know how much you miss him and that wonderful laugh and that twinkle in his eye. Good bye Bo, love you. Barbara Ann

Teresa Davis

August 9, 2018

My sympathy goes out to Carrie and the family. Grady and Carrie were able to help me gain temporary custody of my grandson, Brady Clark, in 2013, from a bad situation that he was in. It was a difficult case but the best lawyers, Grady and Carrie, figured out a plan that was a success! They were amazing!!

Finding out about Grady's passing was a shock to me and saddened me greatly.

May God comfort all of the family in this difficult time.

Angela Myers Graves

August 9, 2018

Jennifer, Jamie and Diana all joined my dance classes at about 3 or 4 years of age and continued for approximately 10 years. At one point, Jennifer was to perform in a point dance for the recital. I envisioned the curtain opening with four dancers posed inside a huge picture frame and ending the choreography in exactly the same way. Of course I didn’t have a picture frame that large, but all I had to do was ask and Grady came through!

Todd Corley

August 9, 2018

I will never forget all the hunts and fishing trips that i was so fortunate to share with such a great sportsman and gentleman. And the food!!! Wow what a cook. He would cook wild hogs for the dove hunts at dads that where incredible. He even convinced me to try some raccoon he had cooked on his pit that turned out great! Thank you for showing me how to weld when i was 14. Thank you for doing your best to make me a better wing shot. Thank you for being such an incredible friend to dad, barbara, and so many others. You will be dearly missed. Your friend. Little Fella

Audrey San Miguel

August 8, 2018

I worked for Grady for almost 3 years and during that time I learned a lot. He was a wonderful person and teacher. He always had a smile on his face for me and I will never forget his kindness. My heart goes out to Carrie and the family.

Colton Coker

August 7, 2018

"The few times I met you, you made a phenomenal impression on me. You were truly one of a kind, and though I hardly knew ye, you are dearly missed- Colton"

Jack Jenkins

August 7, 2018

I have known Grady for 40 or so years. One of the finest men to ever cross my path. We have hunted together, fished together and just hung out together. He taught me how to make peanut butter ice cream and I taught him the first three degrees of Freemasonry. The world is a better place because of Grady. He now resides with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, I was there when he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Grady now walks the streets of gold. You can bet he is looking for someone to help. Rest In Peace my brother. I will see you one day soon

Marcia Zimmerman

August 5, 2018

Judge Jennifer, I remember your Dad trying cases the way they were meant to be tried..and teaching us how to do it without disclosing all his secrets. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, he was one of a kind and I know he will be missed.

Jeannie McClure

August 5, 2018

Jennifer and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. All prayers are with you. Grady James was one of a kind! He was tough, and made us all a little tougher. Thoughts with you now. Jeannie

FROM THE FAMILY