James Melvin Willeford

September 30, 1945February 15, 2018

James Melvin Willeford, 72, passed from this life on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at his home surrounded by love. A celebration of his life will be on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00 pm at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 6955 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Family visitation is at 1:00 pm. Jim was born in Pampa, TX on September 30, 1945. He graduated high school from Fort Worth Polytechnic and went on to attend the University of Tennessee, continuing a love of baseball as a pitcher with the Vols team. During the Vietnam war, Jim enlisted in the Marines, serving three tours in Nam as a member of the elite Force Recon. One of Jim’s most honorable accomplishments was celebrated on January 15, 2018, when he achieved 41 years, including weekends, of clean and sober living with the help of amazing friends in recovery at NA and AA. Remarkable peace was added to this way of living in 2006 when Jesus Christ entered his heart. Jim was able to share his love of Christ and his substance abuse recovery during a 7 year prison ministry in Dallas. There is so much to share about this man, so the family encourages you to attend his service on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his children, grands and great grands, and many dear friends. May he rest in peace.


  • Family Visitation Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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steve saffle

February 21, 2018

Go rest high up on that mountain my friend....Job well done...Love you Jim

Charlotte Willingham

February 20, 2018

Jim, Family and friends,
I'll always be eternally grateful for the wisdom Jim has imparted into my life. I carry it all around with me in my tool box of self love and love for others. My life is better than I could have believed it would be because of all this priceless information of truth that has set me free from my self inflicted imprisoned bondage. Well done Christ's faithful servant. Enjoy your new body and mansion the Lord has made for you. Forever in our hearts and minds will we carry your memories and the things you've taught us. Much love and respect to you and those whom you love and love you.

Karen Walker

February 19, 2018

Jim I met you in 1990 at the 24. Always have the fondest memories of the early years and you were one of the keystones to my foundation . Ty for helping me over the years when we spoke as it has reinforced the foundation through God's grace. Your legacy wil be a rock in peoples recovery for years! RIP with the Lord and savior. Ty Jim ❤

Deborah Kern

February 19, 2018

I've known Jim & Sharon about 6 years, but feel I've known them all my life. I always felt welcomed, accepted, & loved in their presence. One of my favorite fun memories of Jim is watching college football with him as we made fun of the comments made by the commentators. Jim had a unique way of blending wit, humor, questioning, love, & friendship. I will miss him, and I know he has heard those words, "Welcome, good & faithful servant." Heaven is richer. We who are left behind will look forward to that ultimate for Jim, he is breathing easier riding that Harley down streets of gold to the nearest fishing hole.