OBITUARY

James Martin Felsman, Sr.

April 3, 1927March 29, 2021

James M. (Jim) Felsman passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021 surrounded by his immediate family at Westminster Village where he was a resident. He was 5 days away from his 94th birthday. During the past 7 months that he struggled with several medical issues, he liked to say, he might give out, but he’d never give up.

Jim was born in Ponca City, OK on April 3, 1927. His family migrated to East Texas where he was raised and graduated from New London High School in 1944. He quickly joined the Navy at age seventeen to help with the war effort and was deployed with the Seabees in the South Pacific Ocean. When the war ended, he attended college and graduated from the University of Houston. In 1956, he was hired by Humble Oil Company (now ExxonMobil). Later that year, he met his bride to be, Lois “Honey” Olmstead in Longview, TX. They married that year and were transferred to Grand Isle, LA before an assignment in Hattiesburg, MS. From there, they moved to New Orleans, LA in 1963 where he retired from ExxonMobil in 1986. In 2001, they relocated to Daphne, AL.

Jim had a great love of family and life. He and Lois loved to drive, and the family spent countless hours on the road visiting family around the country and seeing the sites. As a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, he was active with the Vocations Ministry and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He loved the Mass, and even when unable to attend in person, would live-stream the Masses every day. His hobbies included tennis, fishing, golf and later, calling Bingo at Westminster Village. He is preceded by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois (Honey) Felsman, his parents, Aldrich and Clara Felsman and brother Robert Felsman.

He is survived by his sister Janet (Jack) Puryear, son Marty (Phyllis) Felsman, Jr. and daughter Margaret Ann (Charles) Anders.

He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Brian Bankston, Rebecca (Lindsay) Dozier, Keith Felsman, Amy (Cody) Brown and two great grandchildren, Madison and Emma Bankston. In addition to scores of nieces, nephews and his extended “Grand Isle” family, he will be missed on the golf course.

Services will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne, AL on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Visitation will begin at 10:00 followed by funeral Mass at 11:00. Interment will be at Belforest Catholic Cemetery in Daphne.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be offered to Christ the King Catholic Church Vocation Ministries, 711 College Ave., Daphne, AL 36526

His family would also like to thank the staff and caregivers at Thomas Hospital, notably, Colony Rehabilitation, as well as the staff and residents of Westminster Village.

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  • FAMILY

  • Janet (Jack) Puryear, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Marty (Phyllis) Felsman, Son and Daughter-in Law
  • Margaret Ann (Charles) Anders, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Brian Bankston, Grandson
  • Rebecca (Lindsay) Dozier, Granddaughter and Her Wife
  • Keith Felsman, Grandson
  • Amy (Cody) Brown, Granddaughter and Her Husband
  • Madison and Emma Bankston, Great-Grandchildren
  • Lois "Honey" Olmstead Felsman, Loving Wife of 62 years (deceased)
  • Aldrich and Clara Felsman, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert Felsman, Brother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Gina Truitt

March 30, 2021

Mr. Jim and his “Honey” are catching up in heaven about now. Two years without her means there’s a lot to talk about! He was the kindest and gentlest man ever...reminded me always of my dad. I’m so sad that another Exxon/Humble icon has left us, but we will be forever blessed by his legacy and the love of family and friends he left behind. RIP, Mr. Jim. Love you much!!

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