Gail Atwood James

August 2, 1944May 3, 2019

Gail Atwood James passed away at her home in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 3, 2019. She was born in Alexandria, Louisiana to Levi C. and Edwina Atwood on August 2, 1944.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Edwina Atwood and grandparents Levy Calvin Atwood, JaNette Price Atwood, Jude Redd McClendon and William Louis McClendon. She is survived by her husband Lynn James; by her children Jim Cheshier and wife Melissa; Scott Shook and wife Vicki; grandchildren Mason Cheshier, Logan Cheshier, Makenna Shook, Kodi Shook and Kinley Shook; sisters Melba Lane Atwood, Bobbie Casto, Diane Whitlock, Peggy Magnusson, Pat Doss; sister-in-law Norma Roby; numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dachshunds Ginger and Angel. Gail spent over 30 years in Residential Land Development developing communities in Houston, Dallas and Austin. She worked for such notables as Brighton Homes, R.G. Miller Engineers, Holcomb-Schubert Properties and McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc.

Gail enjoyed exercising, walks in the park and motoring in her Mini. She was an avid reader and loved to study the culture of the South and tour antebellum homes. On occasion she has been known to engage in a spirited debate on politics or current social events, but her real passion in life was her love for her Grandchildren. As a tribute to her legacy she taught them to love each other, to have strength in everything they do, and most importantly she taught them to be courageous in every situation, no matter the obstacles and outcomes.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston TX 77024. Funeral services will be held on Thursday , May 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM in The Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston TX 77024. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas at 3:00 PM.


  • Visitation with the family Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 9, 2019


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Janet Everett Nelson

May 8, 2019

Gail, my childhood best friend. We never did have that lunch we planned. I have so many wonderful memories of you and I. We did everything together and we were always there for each other. Our lives just went in different directions after we got out of school. I was so happy we found each other again on facebook. I have admired your courage these past few months. You stayed so positive and spent as much time as you could with your family. I know your Daddy was waiting for you and you are now safely in his arms. Till we meet again, my dear friend.

Marti Ernst-Bradford

May 6, 2019

I was engaged to Jimmy for a bit and became very good friends with Gail. Such a sweet happy soul. She wanted the best for her son's, Jimmy and Scott and in our talks, she always wondered if her boy's would ever know how truly much she loved them both! Prayers to both Jimmy and Scott's families as well as Lynn. You never saw Gail without a smile on her face. I pray her smile and laugh lives on in the hearts in all those that knew her!

Ollie Jane White

May 5, 2019

Gail was a wonderful friend and “dog walking buddy” who loved life. She beamed with pride as she spoke about her beautiful family and her loving husband who gave her strength and purpose. She enjoyed the endless shopping trips and dining out. She could have surrendered to self-pity, instead, she fought to live every day always looking forward to the next family gathering and grandchildren’s events.

Though I have known Gail for a short period of time, she left a lasting impression. I will miss her spicy and witty remarks and of course walking Ginger, Angel “Princess” and Sophie.

God bless the family and may they find comfort knowing that she is resting in peace.

Ollie Jane White

Judy Cabets

May 4, 2019

My sweet girl,
You've fought the fight with dignity and now you are receiving your reward. You will be missed by everyone that loved you. I can remember when you were born and how often I helped take care of you when you were a baby. Somehow, you always seemed to pee on me!!!!
Then, we spent our childhood together and had such good memories. Even after I got married, you and your sister, Melba, were always at my house.
Remember the drive-in movies? After the movie, we always stopped for fresh donuts to have for breakfast the next morning. Life was so good.
I loved you back then and I love you now. My heart is breaking, but, soon we will be together again . Look for me, for I will be there, too! Aunt Judy