Jim Paul Gamble
May 20, 1941 – July 29, 2018
Jim Paul Gamble, born May 20, 1941 to John & Blanche Gamble in Adams Gardens, TX, moved to La Feria when he was in the 2nd grade.
After graduating from La Feria HS where he was voted most popular and most athletic his senior year, he attended Texas A&M,Aggie Class of ‘63, in College Station where he earned an Agricultural Engineering degree. He married his sweetheart, Kathryn Mitchell, on June 14, 1963 a year before completing his degree. They moved back to La Feria upon his graduation, embarking on a new chapter in their life together.
He started his farming career picking cotton by hand for Fergus Reynolds and worked for Reynolds’ Flying Service until 1968 when he started farming on his own.
He enjoyed driving a tractor more than almost anything else (especially with GPS) which he did all day Saturday, July 28th. He went to sleep that night and woke up in Heaven with the Lord on Sunday morning.
He was a devoted Christian serving as a deacon at his church, driving the church bus so others could attend church, leading many to Christ through the Royal Ambassador program and through teaching Sunday School, visiting the homebound, helping the widows and bringing the gospel to the LaVilla inmates.
He is preceded in death by his parents John & Blanche, brother John, Jr., sister Helen, and brother Ralph. Survived by his wife Kathryn, four sons - Bruce (Vicki), Jeff (Kristin), Jason & Greg, six grandchildren - Chasity, Destiny, Zachary, Christopher, Ben and Tom and brother Fred (Jo).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of La Feria (P.O. Box 27, La Feria, TX 78559) or to Gideon's International @ https://www2.gideons.org/donate or by calling 1-866-382-4253.
Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of La Feria on Sunday, August 12th @ 2pm.
- Memorial Service Sunday, August 12, 2018
Jim Paul Gamble
December 16, 2018
I’m a winter texan from North Dakota. This morning I attended services at First Baptist LaFeria for the first time this season. I have attended them regularly the last 4 winters, always being greeted by Jim at the door cheerfully. This morning anticipating seeing him again I was thinking it was odd he wasn’t there and then when inside the church not seeing him I got this terrible feeling that something might of happened to him. After the service I wanted to ask someone where he was but chose not to, instead I googled him and up came his obituary. My sympathy to his family. Even though I barely knew him I feel like I lost a good friend. Rest In Peace Jim from a fellow farmer from North Dakota
Samuel & Susanna Thomas
August 6, 2018
Great man, awesome deacon, who blessed our lives in many ways. He will be greatly missed. Praying for Gamble family.
Maria olivia & Alfonso Mejorado
August 5, 2018
Our dear Friend, Kathryn, we hardly know what to say, how to start saying anything to you, but guess we’ll start with “we are so sorry.” Jim was such a sweetheart. Al remembers him mostly how they traded lunches every morning on the school bus, Jim got his Mexican burritos Al’s mom packed him and Al got his sandwich and whatever else Jim took for lunch. They remained good friends since...and you, our dear friend. We’ll keep you and your sons and families in our prayers and we’ll see you when we come down. We wish we could be with you on the 12th but we’re still dealing with the flood in our basement, and we rally won’t be done when we go down in October, but guess we’ll finish up when we get back. All our love, Olivia and Alfonso.
Leland (Lee) Fischer
August 5, 2018
Jim was truly my mentor in the two years I was fortunate to spend in La Feria before I graduated. I was introduced to the Royal Ambassadors by Jim. There are a few men in my life that I can say I would love to emulate in his dedication to family, religion and life. Jim you will be missed. I look forward to our next eternal meeting in heaven.
Bob (Robbie) Dicus
August 3, 2018
I don't know if I can restrict my words about Jim Paul my memories are so many. I was one of his Royal Ambassadors at FB LaFeria. I grew up watching Jim & Kathern. Some of my fondest memories was watching Jim Paul & Bro. Brown gig each other when ever Baylor & Texas A&M would play each other. I have two sons who graduated from Texas A&M mostly because of Jim Paul. I watched Jim go from white belt to his Boots at A&M. As a child I always looked forward for Jim & Kathern coming home because of the music. As a Royal Ambassador under Jim Paul & Mr Durham would take us out camping, they would help each of us with our merit badges. They were up close & personal, and poured themself into us. Jim Paul taught us about Jesus through the Bible but most strongly by his lifestyle. He loved G_d with all his heart mind & strength which manifested in the way he lived his life. Jim Paul was always an example to me on how to live life. He will be greatly missed.
Lisa Kay Finley-Morrow
August 3, 2018
This morning, while I recalled childhood memories of First Baptist LaFeria, images by the dozens flooded in. It seems always the first images are of Kathryn’s folks, the Mitchell’s, friends of my grandparents, the JC Dunn’s. Mrs. Mitchell was on the organ. Music was important to me as a little girl. Mr. Mitchell looked more like my granddaddy than anyone I’ve known, and he always had a fun story. My awareness of Jim & Kathryn (Mitchell) Gamble was just surfacing about the time Jim Gamble started farming and my family moved to Kerrville. It wasn’t until about 25 years later, after returning married and to the Valley, when my husband, Jim Morrow, was invited by the Gambles and FBC to lead the music on Sundays that my precious association with the Gambles became a significant influence in my life. Jim Gamble, a hearty singer in his own right, had such a love for the Lord, that he lead the congregation in robust singing and was known from time to time to enjoy an ensemble from the pulpit on a Sunday night the wonderful 10 years we served there. My last memory of Jim Gamble was just this year at the close of my dear mother’s only sister’s funeral. At the closing tearful prayer I looked up and there standing honorably and faithfully was Jim, with his precious smile, my old friend, a man who I can claim as the one man who has ever been a true deacon to me and my family over the years. With the tilt to his head, his steady gait, the ever pleasant greeting, he is to my estimation part of a dying breed: an honest, hard-working, in church every Sunday, God-honoring, responsible Christian man this world, the Rio Grande Valley, and certainly First Baptist, LaFeria will miss greatly! My prayer is that God will raise up scores of young men in the Rio Grande Valley just like Jim Gamble! And, Kathryn, we both know that he just slipped out the back door a bit early, because he’s helping the Lord get that “Mansion, just over the hill-top!🎶” ready for the two of you! Hebrews 12:1-3❤️
August 2, 2018
Jim Gamble was always so outgoing to everyone he met and his generosity was second to none. I was in Squad. 6 and met Jim in 1960 and always looked forward to seeing him at the Judging Team Reunions.
Kathryn my condolences go out to you and your family and we all know that Jim was a Christian and he is with his Lord and Savior in Heaven.
God bless all of Jim's family and many, many friends during this time of loss.
Vernon and Kathy Fritze