OBITUARY

James Diehl

July 29, 1959January 8, 2020
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James Diehl went home to be with His Lord on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. He was born in Heights Hospital; Houston, Texas, and remained a loyal Houstonian all of his sixty years of life.

James was the only child of Glen and Patsy Diehl and the first grandson of Buck and Mildred Buchanan. He was a longtime member of Baptist Temple in the Heights and a graduate of Scarborough High School. After graduation, he attended Blin Junior College for several years.

He became the proud father of now grown daughters, Ariel and Katia. He loved them dearly and they knew it. He also leaves behind his fiance, Joey Clemmons, who has been an enormous help to the Diehl family in these last months of James’s illness.

James filled his life with Christian music, singing with all of the children’s choirs that Baptist Temple had to offer. In his college years he sang with a choral group at Blin as well. He considered it an honor to sing at family weddings and funerals, a ministry of music that was requested often through the years.

In his mature years, James was an ordained minister who loved to preach in a prison ministry that he was a part of. As an active member of the Gideons, James proudly provided a Bible to anyone who would accept it. James’s favorite sport was tennis. He loved watching it played professionally, and he often played the game himself. He also had a large supply of baseball memorabilia that he carefully collected. One of the hobbies James loved the most was simply working in a flower garden, planting the colorful flowers, and watching the blooms appear. In the working world, he most enjoyed his many years at HP.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, hospice group, and his church. Heaven is richer because James is there with the Lord and with His Saints.

His remembrance services will start this weekend with visitation at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home on I45 at Rankin, 13102 North Freeway, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 3:00 -- 5:00 pm. His funeral service will be held on Monday, January 13, at 10:00 am at the same address. Please join in consistent prayer for his parents, children, and extended family who will deeply miss James’ presence in their lives.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, January 13, 2020

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Carolyn Parker Nelson

January 12, 2020

We had many hours of choir practices together. What a beautiful voice he had! My heartfelt sympathies go out to Patsy and Glenn, his two daughters and his fiancé! I know he will be missed by all!

Love,
Carolyn Nelson

judith Fernandes

January 12, 2020

May God Bless you and your Family at this time of sorrow.

Kathy Felps

January 11, 2020

Patsy and Glen, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. James left us way too early but he now has his wings and will watch over you and protect you.

I will always treasure our family get-together s for Christmas and Thanksgiving as those are some of my most cherished memories.

I love you both very much and hope that time will help with the loss and the memories fill your heart will love.

Uncle Lynn and Cousin Kathy

Jeanne (Corty) Fraley

January 10, 2020

There are songs that have played over the years that I heard and thought of James each time and will continue to. He had a presence when he sang, and it would fill the room. His energy and “never meet a stranger” personality will never be forgotten. Fond memories of him. I look forward to singing again with him one day. No doubt, he’s singing right now! Much love and condolences to you all.

Barbara Hendry

January 10, 2020

Patsy and Glenn and daughters

We are so sorry to hear of James passing. He was always so much fun and shared so much with us. He had a beautiful voice and I especially remember the trio he sang “I Have Seen the Light”. A job well done. He will be missed by many.

Barbara (Lamb) and Marlin Hendry

Allen & Sherri Roy

January 10, 2020

“Thoughts and prayers to his family. He was a true man of God and he will be missed. Thank you for the years of friendship and for being a prayer warrior for my husband when he was going through cancer. Job well done, James! ”

Ronnie Kwan

January 10, 2020

James has terrorized me on the tennis court since the 1970s. We went to the same high school (Scarborough HS) and we had many wonderful times together. Many laughs... Many great times that I will remember for the rest of my life. So many jokes, from his league matches with the banner, to visiting him at work and meeting his boss, to the many Friday nights at the various clubs around Houston. So many tennis matches! Wow, those were the good old days. So many memories! I will include a picture of James helping me celebrate my wedding. My prayers are with his family and friends. I do look forward to seeing and playing tennis against him one day again. I miss you James. I will bring my racquets and look you up in heaven.

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