Jimmy Dale Quimby
December 24, 1934 – April 6, 2019
Jimmy Dale Quimby was born on December 24, 1934 in Crowville, Louisiana and departed this life on April 6, 2019 at his home in Houston, Texas after lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 84. Predeceased in death by his brother, Thomas Ray “Buddy” Quimby; daughter, Karen Quimby Denton; father, James Bennett Quimby; mother, Ruby Thornhill Quimby; sister, Mary Ruth Quimby. Survived by; wife, Sadie Quimby of Houston, Texas; daughter, Susan Quimby of Houston, Texas; son, Jimmy R. Quimby and wife Kathy of Houston, Texas; son, James F. Quimby and wife Lydia of Rayville, Louisiana; granddaughters, Kelli Denton of Webster, Texas, Elizabeth Sasser of Houston, Texas, Chelsea Bradshaw of Rayville, Louisiana; grandsons, Joe Denton and wife Laurie of Aliso Viejo, California, James F. Quimby Jr. of Houston, Texas, Christopher Quimby of Houston, Texas, Joshua Quimby of Houston, Texas, Tony Bradshaw and wife Kirby of Rayville, Louisiana; great granddaughter, Bella Craft of Webster, Texas; great grandsons, Jaxson, Bryce and Asher Denton of Aliso Viejo, California, Jaylon and Bryson Quimby of Houston, Texas, Theodore Sasser of Houston, Texas, Jonathan Callaway of Rayville, Louisiana; sisters, Shirley Roberts and husband Fred of Rayville, Louisiana, Dorothy Willis of Denham Springs, Louisiana; and numerous other relatives and friends. Jimmy attended the Zebedee Baptist Church in Rayville, Louisiana. He accepted the Lord at the age of 14 and was baptized in Big Creek in Zebedee, Louisiana. Jimmy left home and joined the U.S. Navy Dec. 3, 1953. He served on the U.S.S. Porterfield DD-682 where he learned welding and was a Pipe Fitter Apprentice. He earned his G.E.D. from the U.S. Armed Forces Institute in Jan. 8, 1957 and later departed from the Navy Nov. 6, 1957. He received an Honorable Discharge on Dec. 2, 1961 after satisfying the Reserve Requirements. Jimmy went to the Shreveport Trade School Nov. 22, 1957 for an 18 month long welding course. He finished the course in 6 months. The instructor told him that he taught him everything he knew and he was ready to go out and find a job. Jimmy began working as a welder for Mr. Shoemaker in Rayville, Louisiana. He met Sadie on April 13, 1959, later got married and started a family. Jimmy was so good at being a welder that he started training others to be welders as well. Jimmy and his family made their way to Houston, Texas where he soon found employment as a welder with Brown & Root in the Houston Ship Channel. Every pipe he welded had his #988 on it. He picked up the nickname of Brother-in-Law and that was how everyone knew him during the 19 years and 9 months he worked there and even after he retired his friends from work still called him Brother-in-Law. Jimmy decided he was not ready to retire full time. He took a year off. Learned how to cook, clean house and wash cloths and he claimed he could cook cornbread better than Sadie could. He also took a home study course and learned to be a locksmith. He then opened J & S Locksmith Service and his customers claimed he was the best locksmith around. He could always find a way to make keys for the older vehicles. One of the highlights of his career was meeting and making keys for Country Music Artist, Gene Watson. They became good friends over the years. He worked another 20 years before retiring for the second and final time. Sadie took care of Jimmy at home until the end just as she had promised him she would.
- Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, April 12, 2019
Jimmy Dale Quimby
April 12, 2019
I have so many wonderful memories of dad, the most vivid are of the bond we had around baseball. I love the game and dad was always willing to do everything he could to help me become a better player. He was a wonderful teacher, not only of the game of baseball, but of the game of life.
What I want to say here is how much I appreciate the good example that dad set for me as a father. He was always a loving father, don't get me wrong, when I did something that deserved a spanking, I got what I deserved. Dad was a family man and did what needed to be done to support us, we always had what we needed. The example that he set for me helped me to become the man I am today. I could not have asked for a better example. I hope that the legacy that was Jimmy Dale Quimby will continue to live on through me as well as the rest of those that have been touched, in small or big ways, by the life that he lead. I love you dad! Rest in peace.
April 10, 2019
I have known the Quimby's for 40+ years & have been so blessed for having known them. Growing up, I spent time at their house visiting on many occasions. They always made me feel right at home. What really left an impression on me in my formative years, is what a loving & devoted couple they were to each other and the children.
I know Heaven is celebrating having him home now, although those he left behind will miss him. What a happy reunion when he got to see Karen again!
We will miss you terribly, Mr. Quimby.
April 10, 2019
I have known the Quimby family for over 40 years and have some very fond memories of these precious folks. Mr. Quimby was an assistant manager with my brother several years and was a great encouragement to me. When Jimmy and I played baseball together in High School, I remember Mr. Quimby being at many of our games.
Thank you for allowing be to be a part of Mr. Quimby's Homegoing celebration.