OBITUARY

James Edward Mullally

November 5, 1941June 21, 2018
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James Edward Mullally was born November 5, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas to Joseph Thomas Mullally and Josephine Delores Quartararo. He spent his younger years playing baseball with his lifelong friends and attending St. Anthony’s High School in Beaumont. He was a graduate of Lamar University, Class of 1963, with a degree in Commercial Arts. He married Valerie LeMaire of Beaumont on November 28, 1963, and they were blessed with 54 years of marriage during which they reared children, traveled, and enjoyed their grandchildren. James’ first professional endeavor was opening the “Mullally Sign Shop” where he painted advertising signs for local Beaumont businesses before hanging up the brushes to begin his 54-year career in Industrial Product Sales. His career started with Gulf Supply Co. in 1964 which took him to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houston. In 1988, he and Valerie made the decision to move to New Jersey for another opportunity where he spent almost 20 years with Silbo Industries. In 2006, wanting to be closer to children and grandchildren, they moved to Conroe where he continued to work for Silbo until his retirement in November 2016. While James’ career took him all over the world, he and Valerie also enjoyed endless travel as empty nesters visiting their children, then grandchildren and beautiful places. James was especially proud of his “Gaelic and Garlic” heritage. Some of his fondest memories included celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by marching in NYC parades or having dinner and drinks in Little Italy, NYC with his friends and family. He loved exploring both lines of his ancestry by visiting Ireland and Italy on numerous occasions. He obtained his dual citizenship in 2000 to permanently connect him to Ireland. He was a proud and active member of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 9, Montclair, NJ where he was honored as Man of the Year in 2006. James was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, first in Montclair, NJ and most recently at Sacred Heart Church in Conroe, Texas. He took great pride in serving the community and enjoyed playing golf with his fellow knights. He was honored as Knight of the Year in both councils in 2006 and 2015. The Knights of Columbus were devoted prayer warriors and great sources of comfort to him until the end. Some of his fondest moments were spent solving the world’s problems with family and friends from the front porch of Valally Farm. He had a strong opinion about just about everything, and if you didn’t know how James felt about something, you didn’t know him very well! He also enjoyed chewing a cigar stub while riding around on his tractor and painting in his art studio. James Edward, Harv, Dad, Papa, Pops loved to tell a story but was also a great listener. He nostalgically recounted stories of childhood antics, professional successes and friends / family. His retelling of any story was always more entertaining than the actual event leading to his reputation as “The Man, The Myth, The Legend.” He never forgot a face or name and made incredible efforts to stay connected with people he met all along his 76-year journey. James loved all things baseball. He cheered on the Yankees when he was a Yankee himself but fell right back into supporting his beloved Astros when he returned to his Texas roots. Watching the Astros win the World Series was a huge thrill. If you were fortunate enough to know James, you know that above all, he lived his life with Faith, Love, Hope and Charity. He positively touched countless people along his path of life. He lived his life with a firm belief in God and eternal life with Him at the end of this earthly one. Family was everything to James. He leaves behind the love of his life, Valerie, and his devoted children Andy (Paige) Mullally, Joanie (Stacy) Shamblin, Jeanie (Mike) Grant. His adoring grandchildren are Elizabeth (Matt) Jaco, Lauren (Britt) Robertshaw, Meredith Grant, Travis Grant, James Van Shamblin, Maren Mullally and Jack Mullally. He enjoyed many wonderful times with his siblings; Patricia (Bill) Sherk, Stephanie (Karl) Gager, Tim (Arlene) Mullally and sisters-in-law; Mary Ann Montalbano and Dorothy Jacobs and many nieces and nephews. A visitation for James will be held Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas. A rosary will occur 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will occur Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 109 N Frazier St, Conroe, Texas with an "Irish Wake" to follow the funeral at 3:30 PM.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jack Mullally
  • James Van Shamblin
  • Travis Grant
  • Stacy Shamblin
  • Mike Grant
  • Anthony Asta

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 26, 2018
REMEMBERING

James Edward Mullally

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Michael Mullally

June 26, 2018

Dearest Valerie and all the family,

Please accept our deepest condolences.

James knew how to live and had a wonderful family to share life with. Let his love for you fill you when you sorely miss him in his absence. Remember the good times you all shared with him, the support he gave you and all the love you shared. Remember his humor. As painful as it is to have him taken away from us so soon and so quickly, take joy you were able to share your life with him. Take joy that he is enjoying his eternal reward. As long as you have memories and love for him in your heart, he is still with you. And who could possibly forget James?

With much love,

Mike, Rita, and Alexandra Mullally

Sandra Reynolds

June 25, 2018

You know, I’ve known James Edward my entire life. He was really unforgettable. My prayers are with you and with all the family. Love to you Valerie.

Ned Germany

June 25, 2018

Sandy and I wish to send our condolences and sympathies.
Seems like only a few years ago that we were all working together in Baton Rouge when it was actually in the mid and late 60s!!
He will be greatly missed.
Love to the whole family,
Ned and Sandy Germany

Lilli Phelan Bean

June 25, 2018

Dear Valerie and all the Mullally loved ones, that precious James Edward was just that---precious---from the earliest days that I knew and loved that family. The pictures posted brought back those wonderful years. We were so lucky to have lived then. My love and prayers are sent with my condolences. May his soul and all the souls of our friends rest in His peace. (And, Valerie, you are still so beautiful!!!)

Stephen Messina

June 25, 2018

Uncle James will truly be missed. he was a joy to be around and always made me fill like part of the family. May he rest in peace.

Randy & Deann Hancock

June 24, 2018

Valerie, Jeanie, Joanie, Andy and family,

We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet husband and Dad. May you feel God's love and sense of peace that only He can provide now and in the days ahead. May you find comfort knowing James is whole again and walking streets of gold with our precious Lord. We are lifting you all up to Him during this time.

In sympathy and love,
Randy & Deann Hancock

Srs. Mary of the Sacred Heart and Mary Grace Decuir

June 24, 2018

Dear Valerie and all the family,

My email was lost to me since June 6th and I just recovered it yesterday. The first email I saw was about James. How sad for you and all of us who knew James and loved him. I remember the wonderful visit we had when I was located in Elmira, NY. You have no idea how much this visit meant to me! For the past three years I was Prioress here in Farmington Hills, Michigan and we had the 1\2 century renovation (which is still not completed) going on. This explains why I have missed a couple of your Birthday greetings. Now that I am "free at last" I hope to get back to my "keeping in touch".

Both of us are keeping all of you in our prayers during the coming days of adjustment. However, this is not the end of the story, as all of us well know. We hope to have a great reunion with all of you in the embrace of God at the GREAT ROUNDUP UP YONDER!

God love and bless you,

Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sr. Mary Grace

Jeanie Grant

June 23, 2018

Papa Harv was easy to love and like, especially if you had a good sense of humor. His slightly embellished stories entertained many. His kind heart and generous spirit touched many people along the way. I know he will be sitting on a bench in a shady peaceful setting enjoying a pipe or cigar people watching and awaiting a friendly chat. Looking forward to finding him one day. We should all try to be as happy as Papa and live life as much as he did. God Bless my gentle dad.

Timothy Mullally

June 22, 2018

James was the big brother every boy would want. He taught me little things like how to tie my shoes and hit a baseball. He also taught me by his actions how to be a husband, dad and grandad. James became our Patriarch after our parents passed on. I am sure he is enjoying seeing them once again. We will cherish him forever and celebrate his life through his children, grandchildren and soon great grandchildren. We are all lucky to have known him.

JAMES & ORELIA Robbins

June 22, 2018

SO GRATEFUL THAT GOD HAS ALLOWED JAMES AND I TO SHARE SO MANY VISITS WITH THE TWO OF YOU...OUR HEARTS ARE SADDEN THAT THESE TIMES ARE OVER......BUT KNOW THAT WE WILL PICK UP AGAIN IN THE PROMISE LAND. VALERIE YOU ARE A STRONG WOMAN OF FAITH WITH BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN TO SUPPORT YOU...AND AS YOU SAID TODAY YOU'LL BE FINE. MY PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE FOR YOU IN THE TIME OF ADJUSTMENT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE.

Biography

James Edward Mullally was born November 5, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas to Joseph Thomas Mullally and Josephine Quartararo. He did not know until he moved to New Jersey in 1988, that he was considered “Gaelic and Garlic”. His Dad was of Irish descent and Mother Italian. He thought it was the best of both worlds. In Texas, he was considered Italian and in New Jersey he was Irish, as his son Andy pointed out at the banquet when James was honored as an Irishman!

His mother said he was born premature. He could not wait to be born and started walking when he was 7 months of age. He kept up the energy level most of his life. He was loved for his zest for life, unlimited energy and good will. He knew when to have fun and when to be serious. He was not ambitious but did have a determined work ethic. A time for work and a time for play.

He spent his younger years playing Little League baseball with his lifelong friends. When asked how did he come to be a catcher, he said at try-outs no one wanted to be the catcher so he picked up the mitt and the rest is history. Little League was new so every relative came to see him play. They wanted him to have a baseball career. He progressed to older leagues and played at St. Anthony’s High School in Beaumont. He had two tryouts with the Colt 45’s, the forerunner of the Astros. Each time rejected because he was too short! Many years later he met Yogi Berra and told him his experience. Yogi enjoyed it!

His Dad introduced him to golf at a young age. It lasted a life time. He was on the golf team at SAHS. When his son Andy was a toddler, he would take him to ride on the golf bag. Andy took a nap sometimes! James was lucky to play golf in many countries but most importantly Ireland and Scotland. Those were memorable for him. The 4th degree Knights golf league brought joy to his last years.

He was a graduate of Lamar University, Class of 1963, with a degree in Commercial Arts. He was very talented. He excelled in every medium of art. Water color was his favorite. It was always exciting watching him paint and then see the finished piece. He left many of his works to his family. One painting in particular is an impressionist oil painting of two boxers, Roy Harris and Floyd Patterson, fighting for the Heavy Weight Championship 1958. In 2006, James moved to
Montgomery, TX and invited Roy Harris to speak to the Knights of Columbus. Mr Harris was an Attorney by then!

He married Valerie LeMaire of Beaumont at St.Anthony Church, November 28, 1963. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage, after dating for almost 5 years. He never got in a hurry except when they had three children in 18 months! They traveled, enjoyed their seven grandchildren. First great grandchild is expected in September 2018.

James’ first professional endeavor was opening the “Mullally Sign Shop” where he painted advertising signs for local Beaumont businesses. Finally hanging up the brushes to begin his 54 year career in Industrial Product Sales.

Being born a salesman, he never met a stranger and never forgot a name or face. His career started with Gulf Supply Co. in 1965 which took him to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houston. Everyone who started with Gulf Supply had to wear a uniform and work in the warehouse pulling material. Shortly after hiring James, he was sent to Baton Rouge where he was in charge of the inventory. He was trained to go to Corporate Office in Houston. But Gulf Supply needed him In New Orleans. Wayne Hankamer and he were told to make a go of the store in Harvey or close it! The rest is history. The store succeeded. The family belonged to a Carnival club. He designed and helped build the floats for Mardi Gras. The family rode in two parades before moving to Houston.

His career spanned sales and inventory control. In 1973, Gulf made him Vice President of Inventory. He traveled Europe and Asia sourcing material. James drove through Brandenburg Gate into East Germany, dined on Italian specialities, walked the Great Wall of China, road along the DMZ in South Korea, walked through Moscow, Russia after the fall of Communism, visited India mills, negotiated with the Japanese to buy a company for Gulf Supply.

In 1988, he and Valerie moved to New Jersey for another opportunity, where he spent 20 years with Silbo Industries. He continued sales and exploring new sources of material. This was a great decision. In his usual fashion he dove right into a new way of life (driving the Garden State Parkway to work, visiting NYC only 13 miles away, St. Patrick’s celebrations, and many wonderful old and new friends) In 2006, wanting to be closer to children and grandchildren, Silbo agreed to let him work from home in Texas. They moved to April Sound, Montgomery, TX where he continued to work for Silbo until his retirement in November 2016.

Having taken speech in high school served him well. He spoke at many events. The memorable ones were 1968 to the Annual Sales Meeting for Gulf Supply. National Association of Purchasing Agents called on him often at their annual meeting. 1989 speaking to Rutger's University, NJ about the success of the EU. It had just formed and James did not think it could survive. That made for an interesting discussion. Now 30 years later, he may have been right. As usual he spoke his mind.

While James’ career took him all over the world, he and Valerie also enjoyed endless travel as empty nesters visiting their children, then grandchildren and beautiful places. Playing the Old Course at St Andrew's in Scotland was a highlight. Many trips to Ireland and Italy where he enjoyed seeing all of his Irish relatives and three Popes. The Holy Land with his Sacred Heart Catholic Church family was very special.

James was especially proud of his “Gaelic and Garlic” heritage. Some of his fondest memories included celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by marching in NYC parades or having dinner and drinks in Little Italy, NYC with his friends and family. He loved exploring both lines of his ancestry by visiting Ireland and Italy, Sicily on numerous occasions. He obtained his dual citizenship in 2000 to permanently connect him to Ireland. He was a proud and active member of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 9, Montclair, NJ where he was honored as Man of the Year in 2006.

Never forgetting his faith, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, first in Montclair, NJ and most recently at Sacred Heart Church in Conroe, TX. He took great pride in serving the community and enjoyed playing golf with his fellow knights. James will be remembered for the tamale sales! His chairmanship of the Right to Life banquet every year was one he cherished! He was honored as Knight of the Year in both councils in 2006 in Montclair, New Jersey and 2015 in Conroe, TX. His fellow Knights were devoted prayer warriors and great sources of comfort to him until the end.

Some of his fondest moments were spent solving the world’s problems with family and friends from the deck in April Sound and front porch of Valally Farm. He had a strong opinion about everything. If you did not know how James felt about something, you did not know him very well! He talked to his children and grandchildren about religion and politics. Just ask them! He also enjoyed chewing a cigar stub while riding around on his tractor and painting in his art studio at Valally Farm. He loved visiting Valally Farm and discussing the pecan trees, lack of water, watching the cows, Mr. Fred bailing hay. It gave him something else to talk about besides politics.

James Edward, Harv, Dad, Papa, Pops loved to tell a story but was also a great listener. He nostalgically recounted stories of childhood antics, professional successes with friends and family. As Jeffery Shalom described James, “I love his stories in that calm voice of his. What a character! Thinking about it makes me smile.It was always an adventure!" His retelling of any story was always more entertaining than the actual event leading to his reputation as “The Man, The Myth, The Legend.”

He never forgot a face or name and made incredible efforts to stay connected with people he met all along his 76-year journey. His calendar is full of birthday, anniversaries of friends and family. He actually called them or sent emails on these occasions. He was a true friend to friends and customers.

James loved all things baseball. His youth was spent watching the Beaumont Exporters in the 40s and 50s. He took family to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx many times which was always an adventure! He cheered on the Yankees when he was a Yankee himself but fell right back into supporting his beloved Astros when he returned to his Texas roots. Watching the Astros win the World Series was a huge thrill.

If you were fortunate enough to know James, you know that above all, he lived his life with Faith, Love, Hope and Charity. He positively touched countless people along his path of life. In the last year of his life, he befriended a fellow Knight who has Parkinson’s. He made sure if he fell down on the golf course he would help him up. The man could not talk so James texted him all day and into the evening.

He lived his life with a firm belief in God and eternal life with Him at the end of this earthly one. James was fortunate to build many new churches. He always joked when he moved to a new area, the parish began a drive to build a new church! He actually was privileged to build a parish in Huffman, TX, St Philip the Apostle.

Family was everything to James. Everyone knew this because he would brag about the feats of his children and grandchildren. He attended as many functions which they were involved. That meant travel in Texas, Idaho, South Carolina and Annapolis. They were his trophies!

As the newest member of his family is awaited, he is watching from above for a first glimpse!

Slainte! Cheers!