J. M. French

November 20, 1936September 3, 2018
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On Monday September 3, 2018, John Mathaney French, known to friends as J.M. went to be with the Lord at the age of 81 years old. J.M. will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Barbara and his children Debbie (Kent), Darren (Misty). J.M. will also be fondly remembered by his thirteen grandchildren, Shanna (Wade), Brandy, Ashley (Blake), Alex, Maci, Gavin, Gage, Connor, Kylie, Kennedy, Cole, Whitney, Kaden and six great grandchildren, Jackson, Landrey, Hayden,Addison, Hayes and Channing, by his sister Patsy McCulloch, brother Bobby French and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. J.M. was preceded in death by his parents J.R. and Annie French, infant daughter Katherine, and son Dale. J.M. was a proud employee of Atoms Energy for 41 years and was a member of South Plains Church. A Celebration of J.M.’s life will be held at 1:30 pm, on Wednesday, September 5, at South Plains Church, 1421 Cactus Drive, Levelland with Pastor Eddie Trice officiating. Services are under the compassionate care of George Price Funeral Home.


  • Jay Boudreaux
  • Scotty McCullouch
  • Gary Dockery
  • Chad Harris
  • Steve Harris
  • Blake Wheeler


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Anita Snead

September 5, 2018

Jim and I met J.M. and Barbara right before we got married 45 yrs ago. We had a ministry to the kids here in Levelland. J.M. and Barbara were such a support and encouragement and involved with us young kids trying to serve the Lord and had us and other young teens out to their house. We had such wonderful prayer meetings at their house and many gave their hearts to the Lord. Time went on and J. M. And Barbara loved me and Jim and our kids and family thru the yrs and we’re there for us thru heartaches and good times too. Since Jim has been retired the last 2 1/2 yrs we would see them at the DQ and would sit and reminesse. A lot of times J. M. woukd be in a WC but he was always smiling and never spoke of his physical pain. The last time we saw them there he said to us very sincerely “ya’ll come over anytime and we can visit.” I remember thinking that he was such a strong man and had the joy of the Lord in spite of his trials and tribulation with the pain he suffered. What a example of a Godly man and a true friend to me and Jim as I know he was to all who knew him. I say to J. M. “Fly high my friend. We will all meet you in heaven or at the return of the Lord and take up where we left off. “ Mine and Jim’s hearts go out to Barbara and the family and you all will be in our prayers. Love you all dearly!!!

H Cowan

September 5, 2018

Our class of '55 had no more of a fine young gentleman than was J. M. French. I never saw any diminishing of that gentlemanly quality over the ensuing years . That quiet, unassuming, self effacing personality is firmly planted in my memory. We all will miss him.

Grace Wheeler Rogers

September 5, 2018

I send my condolences to Barbara and all the family of J.M. We were fellow '55 classmates at Levelland High School, and we have visited at reunions through the years. He will never be forgotten by all his many friends from those formative years. Rest in peace, JM. Your memory remains in our hearts and minds.

With love, Grace Wheeler Rogers

Jo Flores (Stanley)

September 4, 2018

My prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss. JM was a very special man. May you all have peace from your memories of the good times that you all had. Debbie, you hold such a special place in my memories. Barbara and JM are right there. We were all molded by those memories. I love you all.

Vernon & Donna Wheeler

September 4, 2018

Long before we shared a grand baby with JM we saw first hand how he loved those grand kids and great grand kids, Three generations of children have known great love from this man. They will all miss him but have great memories to last a lifetime!

Valeta and Dick Bailey

September 4, 2018

I cannot remember a time when I did not know J.M. and Dick has known him for many years, too. He was always a kind person, even when we were young enough that boys teased girls and pulled their hair, etc. As we all became adults and began to raise our children, we became connected through the sports our boys were involved in and enjoyed those times together. We both consider him a dear friend and will miss him....even though we did not see him often for the last few years.
Barbara, you and your family will be in our prayers.
Love to you all..