Cole Funeral Home

1113 West 5th Street, Mcgregor, TX


James Dowell Mars

October 23, 1941July 2, 2020
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James Dowell Mars, 78, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm. Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, Moody, Texas, officiated by Reverend Roy Marshall. A visitation will be 4:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Cole Funeral Home, McGregor, Texas, masks are required. The family will have a private burial.

James was born in Moody, Texas on October 23, 1941 to Jimmy R. Mars and Jessie Corine (Dowell) Mars. He graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School in 1960, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering, and became a professional engineer in 1973. He was employed by Texas Power and Light in 1969, retired from TU Electric in 1997 after 29 years of service, then started his own business, Genesis Engineering. James served on the National Electrical Code and the International Electrical Code Board. James married Paula Dianna Talbert on September 15, 1961 in China Spring, Texas. They were married for 58 years. He was a dedicated Christian, deacon, Sunday School teacher, enjoyed working with the Texas Baptist Men Church Builders, and was a founding member of Oak Crest Baptist Church where he was chairman of the building committee. After retirement, his passion was traveling and flying his airplane.

Preceding James in death were his parents, Jimmy and Jessie Mars.

Survivors include daughters, Kim Mars Mahlstedt and husband, Scott, Sherri Mars Gibson and husband, Andy; son, Matthew and wife, Beth; brother, Jerry and wife, Betty; grandchildren, Allison Mahlstedt, Aaron Mahlstedt, Andrew Gibson, and Ryan Gibson.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in James’s memory to Liberty Hill Baptist Church – Moody, Texas or Alzheimer’s Association located at 710 N 64th St, Waco, Texas 76710.

Due to reduced seating capacity because of the COV-19 virus, the funeral can be viewed via live stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiadL4rO_8U&feature=youtu.be


  • Aaron Mahlstedt
  • Andrew Gibson
  • Ryan Gibson
  • Skip Talbert
  • Cecil Mack Dowell
  • Jake Davis



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 9, 2020


  • Interment


James Dowell Mars

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Nancy Schreiber

July 8, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of James when we were in school at Bruceville-Eddy. What a great time we had. James always had that wonderful smile which made others happy. I have been blessed to have James as a dear friend. My sincere condolences I send out to Paula and your family and also Jerry and family. May God bless you and comfort you.

Leslee Alvarez

July 7, 2020

RIP my sweet Uncle James.
I have too many memories to share but the ones that stand out are your laugh and your smile. And going to Mississippi every Thanksgiving growing up. I will miss you dearly
It's not goodbye for now but see you later

Rosie Beaty Mayfield

July 6, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of James Dowell's passing. My sympathy to all his family and to Jerry Don & Family. May God bless you and comfort you..

Our family is growing smaller with each passing. From the Mars brothers and sisters (our parents) there were 29 kids . Now there are only 9 left.

I loved and miss all my cousins, but we will meet again in Heaven. What a reunion that will be!

Love to all of you.

Rosie Beaty Mayfield

James Tolbert

July 6, 2020

What a Christian friend we had in James! A true servant of GOD.
An immeasurable influence he had & still has on my life every day!
I am eternally grateful to GOD for James Mars.
When I reflect on James, I think of the words in the hymns
" Because He Lives" and " The Hymn of Promise."

Roger McClary

July 4, 2020

James was a friend and mentor to me. He sat on the deacon board when I was ordained as a deacon and then into the gospel ministry. He purchased and gave me several sets of books instrumental to my studies. During contentious times he was a steady voice of guidance and counsel to me. He was a sponsored deacon to one of my daughters. I worked and sweated beside him on numerous church construction projects. I bought two cars from him. One shortly gave me troubles. He insisted I bring it to his house. Tools came out and we fixed it. A man with the level of integrity I only wish I had. I already miss him and look forward to the day we will meet again in heaven. I love you my brother in Christ.
However, he has received a perfect glorified body.......how will I recognize him without those "glasses"!!!!

Gene Alvarez

July 4, 2020

James was one of the nicest most humble men I've ever met. You don't come across too many like him in this day and age. James Rest In Eternal Peace and one day we all meet again.

I pray for his family to have their time of grief, but know through their own faith that James is Alive and Well in Heaven with our Lord Savior. I pray this in Jesus Christ name.


Jim Bray

July 4, 2020

I worked with James in Waco and again in Irving. He was a fair man to work for and a fine man in general. He had a great sense of humor. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

Joanne Conaway

July 4, 2020

James was a very sweet man.. I love his family and will miss seeing them at Eagle Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. We thank his family for entrusting him with us to give him love and care.

David Slone

July 3, 2020

I worked for, and with, James, at Texas Power & Light. I knew him when he was in Waco, and he was later my boss when I transferred to Irving. He was such a nice man, and a great supervisor. He always had a smile and a good word. Everybody makes a difference, in this life. Not that many, it seems, make a positive difference. James made a positive difference...to me, and the Lord only knows how many others. I will not say goodbye to James. He was a Christian, and because of that, I will just say: "I'll see you later".