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James Earl Crouch

February 20, 1941September 23, 2017

James Earl Crouch, lawyer in Hamilton for more than 50 years, died in Dallas Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the husband of Jane Caudle Crouch, father of Jana Crouch Lippe and grandfather of Bailey, Alyssa and Trenton (T.J.) Gift Jim was born Feb. 20, 1941, the son of John William and Mary Boatwright Crouch of Mathis. His brothers are Ben of College Station and Charles of Arlington.

He graduated from Mathis High School in 1959 and Baylor University School of Law in 1966. He was passionate about history, especially the Civil War and the study of the Bible and biblical times.

Jim was a partner in Crouch & White, Attorneys at Law, in Hamilton and also purchased the Hamilton County Abstract Co.

He was a member and past president of the Hamilton Lions Club, a member of the Hamilton County Historical Commission, a deacon and member of First Baptist Church, past chairman of the Hamilton Democratic Party and active at the state level, a member of the Texas State Bar Association and its foundation and a member and past officer of the Hamilton Masonic Lodge.

His quest for learning about the culture, government and history of foreign countries led them to many places. Jim and Jane enjoyed traveling the world exploring places they’d only read about including China, Russia, Iran, Mexico, Italy and other European countries, Alaska and other American states.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, activities that he shared with his grandson.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at First Baptist Church in Hamilton.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 30, 2017


James Earl Crouch

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Kiesha Fisher Bagwell

October 31, 2017

Mr. Jim,
You will truly be missed. Your love of family, God and life itself. You always helped me keep a good attitude even when I didn't really want to. Especially when I lost my daddy. You have always been so kind and always had such a positive attitude. I know that you have touched so many lives. I pray for peace and comfort for your family. You will forever be in my heart.
Much love to your family...

Donna (aunt Daisy's granddaughter) Atkins

September 30, 2017

We retired and moved from Kingsville to Wimberley 30 months ago. For about a year I kept up with South Texas news. I had not read a South Texas obituary for about 18 months until today when something told me to read them and I saw the news of Jimmy's death. Though we only met a few times at family gatherings the loss of a family member is significant. Jimmy was kind enough to share with me a copy of our great-grandfather Frank Russell's autobiography and we had a long and intetesting discussion about our mutual family history. May God comfort you and your family in this time of loss.

September 29, 2017

Thank you, Kay and Jerry. Jane

Kay Gift

September 27, 2017

Jerry and I are deeply saddened by Jim's passing. We know his family will miss greatly. Jerry & Kay Gift


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