OBITUARY

Mr. James Thomas Bayless III

August 3, 1952February 7, 2020
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James Thomas Bayless III was born at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, TX on August 3, 1952. Tommy, as many knew him, went to be with his most-beloved Mother on February 7, 2020.

Tommy was a graduate of Justin F. Kimball High School (class of 1970) and went on to earn his M.S. in Mathematics at The University of Texas at Arlington (class of 1978). After college, he went on to work at a couple of companies before ending up at Fujikoki America Inc. where he would go on to work for more than twenty-five years.

Tommy was active in the United Methodist church all his life, spending forty-plus years as a member of Irwindell UMC before attending Cockrell Hill UMC after Irwindell closed its doors. Tommy enjoyed coin and vintage-sign collecting, history, trains, doing puzzles, watching old shows like “The Rifleman” and “Perry Mason” and going to car shows. Perhaps more than all this, however, he loved his dog Rusty.

Tommy is survived by his cousins Billy Nickerson of Sugarland, TX, Johnny Nickerson of Nashville, TN and Jimmy Nickerson of Pittsburg, TX, along with their families. He is also survived by many close family friends and working associates.

He is preceded in death by his mother Patricia Jane Willott Cook and his father James Thomas Bayless Jr., his aunt and uncle Ruth Ann and Jess Nickerson Jr., his cousin Jess Nickerson III and his aunt Peggy Bayless.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11 am at Laurel Land in Dallas, TX (6300 S R L Thornton Fwy) with funeral services to follow at noon. If desired, friends can make memorial donations to either Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church or the Dallas SPCA in Tommy’s memory.

Tommy will be greatly missed by so many.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

Mr. James Thomas Bayless III

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Grace Munoz

February 16, 2020

Tommy was such a wonderful person. He was so appreciative in the smallest things. We will miss him immensely.
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Rhydonia Duggan

February 15, 2020

You will be missed my friend. So many memories and for that I am grateful. RIP Tommy.....until we meet again.
The Duggan Family

Amanda Goebel

February 14, 2020

I promise to throw the ball with Astor more....thank you for teaching him. 💔

Robert Bown

February 12, 2020

I met James and his mom Pat many years ago. I sold James a house in Desoto but he never moved in. I believe it was too far from mom who he loved dearly :-). All I can say is James was a good friend and a A1 nice guy. Way too young to go
RIP my friend

Robert Bown

Steve Pulver

February 12, 2020

My wife and I attended church with James and his mother many years ago, they were both very loving and kind people. He has gone on to be with his mother, I look forward to seeing them at the end life's road.

Yolanda Goebel

February 12, 2020

I met Tommy through Ron and at first he seemed shy and didn’t speak much. It didn’t take long and he warmed up to me. He started calling me Yolander. We would gang up on Ron and he seemed to enjoy getting Ron riled up. Watching Ron and Tommy was like watching 2 kids with inside jokes and cracking up over a le farter. Yes grown men still playing with a Le farter.(they proudly demonstrated it for me.)They fought like brothers and like brothers would make up.
Always with the movie quotes and trying to challenge each other with movie trivia. We will miss him so much. Tommy, you made a difference in our lives and it will never be the same without you.

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