James Lester Gann

April 17, 1921January 8, 2019
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James "Jim" Lester Gann, age 97, passed away on January 8, 2019 in Mesquite, Texas. He was born on April 17, 1921 in Kaufman, Texas to Cecial L. Gann and Julia Belle Shivers. James was raised in East Texas.

James proudly served in the United States Army during WWII in the 82nd Airborne Division 504.

He married Florence Shenstone in 1944 and the couple had two children. He was a Master Diesel Mechanic at Penske and Greyhound where he worked for more than forty years.

In his spare time James enjoyed playing guitar and listening to country and western music. He also enjoyed having coffee and visiting with friends at the Senior Center. He loved pecan pie, and eating in general. His favorite pastime was telling stories and engaging in conversations as well as watching his favorite classic Western television shows.

His family and friends will always remember him as a kind and loving Christian man with a wonderfully positive outlook on life. James was slow to anger and he never spoke harshly of others. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

James is survived by his daughters Frances Diana Tigert and April Eileen Potts; grandchildren Donnie James Tigert, Kimberly Frances Beadle, Jordan Elizabeth Cook, Collin James Potts, and Payton Nicole Potts; six great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Collin Potts

January 15, 2019

Papa was without a doubt a very good man and grandfather. I will miss his old stories from the war and his childhood. My favorite being when he was in north Africa and they were on the shooting range when when someone questioned "whos Will and why we shooting at him". You will be deeply missed but your memory will be treasured forever. Love you pops!

Payton Potts

January 14, 2019

He was the best man alive, I love the time I got to spend with him. I will miss him calling me turkey and laughing at the fact that I’m always in trouble and up to no good😂 he was one of a kind and I’m so greatful I got to call him pops. Thank you everyone who came out and supported us through this hard time.

Cindy Shivers

January 14, 2019

April & Frances, I sure did love your dad. He was a wonderful person, and I loved his stories. Love to all of you!

Mike Richter

January 13, 2019

What a great man! His wisdom is something that will stick in my memory. I drive trucks and he fixed them, we had some great talks. Jim reminds me of my own father. He will be missed.

Allison Rathmell

January 10, 2019

Jim was the sweetest, most gentle man and a true Christian down to the core. I have so many memories of him at church beginning when I was a little girl He was always soft spoken and always had a story to tell. Thank you for your service Jim. You made many people proud by serving in WW II. You will be missed so very much but may you now Rest In Peace. April and Donnie, I’m sending prayers your way for comfort during this time. He was a great man and I’m lucky to have known him.

Chelsey Anderson

January 10, 2019

Jim was a truly special man with a heart of gold. We shared a church for many years and have had some wonderful chats over coffee and donuts. We appreciate his service to Christ and to the United States. Rest now, Mr. Jim. Your work here is done.