July 8, 1925 – May 8, 2019
James Madison Shamblin passed away on May 8, 2019 in Houston. A lifelong Houstonian, he was born in Huntsville on July 8, 1925, the son of J.M. Shamblin and Margaret Bryan Shamblin. He served the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1946. Shamblin attended the University of Texas where he played baseball during the 1947, 1948 and 1949 seasons. The 1949 team won the College World Series and Shamblin set a CWS record, at that time, with five hits in a game. He left the university to continue playing baseball with semi-pro teams in Weimer, TX and Alpine, TX. Following his baseball career, he would go on to become a successful entrepreneur, founding Mr. Fireplace, Inc., a business he had for more than 20 years with his wife and family.
He married Audrey Nelson in 1966 and the couple would go on to raise three children, Ralph, Royce and Pamela. He and Audrey were known for their devotion to each other and fun-loving companionship. They were married for 41 years, until Audrey’s death. Jim was a loving and devoted father, and an avid golfer.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents and his sister Margaret Jean. He is survived by his daughter Pamela; son Ralph, his son Royce and his daughter-in-law Georgia, as well as his grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
- Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Bob and Kathie Brock
May 15, 2019
Jim was an outstanding athlete and a good teammate and friend. He was a caring and devoted family man and always great fund to be around. We will miss him for all the great memories he gave us. He was a true Longhorn.
May 13, 2019
Growing up from 7th grade through college at UT, Jim was like a second father. Royce and I were constantly either at his house or my house.
Jim happily put up with us and always had lots of great advice. He could also punt a football farther than anyone I've ever seen in the NFL.
The past few years, Jim and Royce and my father and I went to an Astros game together every season. It was a wonderful tradition that I will miss. I'll never watch another game that I don't think of him.
I praise God for welcoming Jim into his loving arms and I'll look forward to seeing him again someday.
May 10, 2019
To the family of Longhorn great James Shamblin; On behalf of the Longhorn Nation, The Texas Legacy Support Network, and all former Longhorn student athletes , please accept both our condolences and celebration of the great and abundant life of a National Champion Longhorn baseball player. Horns Up!