Riley Funeral Home


James Novis Elkins

July 19, 1947March 29, 2021

Jim Elkins, devoted husband, dad and Pops, was gently ushered into the arms of his Savior in the early morning hours of March 29, 2021. He was born on July 19, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the firstborn son of Novis and Kathryn Elkins. He grew up attending schools in Corpus Christi, graduating from W.B. Ray High School. He began playing baseball at a young age and developed a lifelong love for the game. He was active in his church youth group at First Baptist Corpus Christi and was an Eagle Scout. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend Baylor University where he was active in Student Government and a member of Baylor Chamber of Commerce. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1969 and then attended Trinity University in San Antonio where he earned a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration. While at Baylor, he met the love of his life, Kathy Underwood, and they were married in Waco, Texas, on August 31, 1968. They were married for 52 years. After completing his degree in 1971, he joined the United States Navy and served for three years at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland as an administrative officer for the laboratory. During this time, sons Peter and Barry were born. Once his service was finished, the family returned to Texas where Jim began his career as a hospital administrator. He worked as a Vice President at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco and then Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. After working 13 years for Valley Baptist, he went to work for the Texas Department of State Health Services. This required him to operate state hospitals in both Harlingen and San Antonio. In 1999, he moved to San Antonio to run the hospital there full-time, operating the Texas Center for Infectious Disease. He had a vision for the future treatment of tuberculosis and championed a new hospital for 15 long years until the construction of a new and unique facility was completed in 2010. He retired in 2016 and he and Kathy moved to Hamilton to be close to family. Above his professional accomplishments, Jim considered his faith in Jesus Christ and his devotion to his family as the most important things in his life. He and Kathy raised their sons to know and love the Lord and to serve Him in their church congregations. Jim was a faithful example of this by his own service as a Sunday School teacher of all ages, a deacon, a member of the church choir and a volunteer of his time and talents for numerous ministries. He was the biggest fan at many band concerts and soccer fields as Peter and Barry were growing up and that same devotion spilled over onto his grandchildren as “Pops” and “Meme” went to every event they were able together--whether that was a ceremony, a concert, a ballgame or a baptism for one of their 6 grandchildren. Everyone in his family knew they were loved and he will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hamilton which a reception following. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Novis and Kathryn Elkins, and his brother Tom Elkins. He is survived by wife, Kathy Underwood Elkins of Hamilton, son Peter Elkins his wife Allyson and their children Bradley, Laurel Ann and Brandt of Hamilton, son Barry Elkins his wife Tiffany and their children Collin, Cade and Molly Kate of Belton. Sister-in-law Carolyn Elkins of Towson, Maryland and sister-in-law Karen Underwood of Katy, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Hamilton Preschool Fund, 220 S Bell St, Hamilton, Texas 76531.


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Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez

April 5, 2021

Jim Elkins was a unique, distinguished individual with nothing but good intentions for those he met. He was not just a boss, but a human being who cared about everyone who crossed his path; so much that he gave his undivided attention to mentor and teach. The picture taken was Jim's last birthday at TCID before he retired in 2016. He enjoyed working with his team and we all loved going to lunch and trying new restaurants. Jim has left a legacy at TCID as his picture is at the front of the hospital entrance. His passion for tuberculosis treatment has impacted many patients; therefore, saving many lives who otherwise would go untreated without the services provided at TCID. He will always be in my heart and mind as one of the best mentors I have ever had who pushed me to always do better.

David Henderson

April 3, 2021

Jim was kind, humble and had a wonderful sense of humor. Serving with him in choir, we made a joyful noise to the Lord and served him with gladness together. His robust, heartfelt singing during worship will be missed. His good natured mischievousness during rehearsals will be missed as well. Jim’s heart for the Lord was strong. Once when I asked him why we were rehearsing a hard to learn anthem which I didn’t particularly like he said to me, “read the words again and then tell me you don’t like it”. He shut me up for sure. His appreciation of scripture was strong. Jim and Kathy were excellent hosts, welcoming many to their home on numerous occasions or for no reason at all. Jim left a strong legacy of love for the Lord and he will be dearly missed.

Merle Hilbrich

April 3, 2021

It was great blessing to have known the Elkins family. Love and prayers tor those who remain. Your heritage is great.

Valerie Moczygemba

April 2, 2021

I worked for Jim at TCID. He kept me on my toes and definitely was my most favorite boss ever. He truly loved his family with all his heart. The world is a little less bright without him in it.

Barbara Forbes-Edwards

March 31, 2021

Please know we also mourn your loss, celebrate a life well lived and rejoice with you as we know Jimmy is with the Lord, pain free and made whole. Growing up in Corpus on Harrison St. in the 1950’s was special.....wonderful neighbors ....friends forever!
Barbara & Richard Edwards