February 13, 1958 – September 4, 2018
LaMarr James, icon. He was the fourth of four siblings born February 13, 1958 to Luther James and Louise Adams James. God gave him a wonderful personality and sense of humor. People gravitated to him. He truly lived the motto of making the world a better place.
It was at his best friend’s wedding that he looked down the long aisle of the church and saw the love of his life standing there. The introductions were made and the rest is history. He married Donna Bowerman and began their great love story. Taylor and Madison were added to their lives. Each day was spent hiking, playing, laughing. LaMarr’s world was his family, and he brought all of his love into their lives and shared his passions with them. He opened new worlds with motorcycles, bicycles, rebuilding old cars and music. Together, he and Donna took the role of taking care of people. Their home was always open. LaMarr and Donna helped many families in so many ways. They put people first and what a difference that has made in numerous lives. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Luther Darrell (Butch) James Jr, his father in law, Burl Bowerman, and his brother in law, Randy Bowerman. He leaves behind his beautiful wife, Donna, his son, Taylor of whom he is so proud, his daughter, Madison, the light in his eyes; two sisters, Bertha Reid and LaVera Fleet (Wayne), his forever sister in law, Rona Bowerman Bippert (Ernest), his two nieces and two nephews, Leah Suggs, Tina Pool, Randon Bowerman (Candice), Jordan Fleet, and six great nieces and nephews. LaMarr gave freely and gladly. His humor was infectious, his love big, his giving unconditional. He lived his calling. He made a difference. He shaped a better world as he walked in it. He lives on in those of us that are left. May we love more, laugh our heads off, see the need and help each other. We love you, forever, LaMarr. Until we meet again.
The viewing will be on Friday, September 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home, 4635 Oakwood Dr. Odessa, TX 79761. Service will be on Saturday, September 8, at 9:30 am at 7 Cities church, 5110 W. Illinois Ave Midland,Texas. Burial will be in Lubbock,Tx at Peaceful Gardens Memorial on Saturday, September 8, at 1:30pm Arrangements are by Frank Wilson Funeral Directors Odessa, Texas.
- Donna James, Wife
- Taylor James, Son
- Madison James, Daughter
- Bertha Reid, Sister
- LaVera Fleet and husband Wayne, Sister
- Rona Bowerman Bippert and husband Ernest, Sister-in-law
- Leah Suggs, Niece
- Tina Pool, Niece
- Randon Bowerman and wife Candice, Nephew
- Jordan Fleet, Nephew
- six great nieces and nephews
- John Carter, Pallbearer
- David Lyle, Pallbearer
- Gary Garihan, Pallbearer
- Ronald Richardson, Pallbearer
- Paul Wyman, Pallbearer
- Keith Craddick, Pallbearer
- Kirk Craddick, Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
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September 8, 2018
Bible Studies at the Benninghoffs House with LaMarr and Donna. Church services at 7 Cities as well. Sweet man and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time! God Bless.
September 7, 2018
I met Lamarr when I first came to Odessa in 1970 we hit it off right off the bat . We were both crazy about dirt bikes . His parents Luther & Louise James took me in like I was one of their own . Lamarr and I spent a lot of good times going to different types of Dirt Bike races . I always had a great time being around him, He was like a big brother I never had . I didn't get to see Lamarr for several years after we got out of High school and when I did catch up with him he was married to Donna and was the Happiest Man on Earth. I know his kids have to be good Kids cause Lamarr was such a good hearted Man and Brother to me and every body he was around. Hope God watches over his wife and kids in such a hard time in their life.
RIP Lamarr Love you Brother. James E Willhelm
September 7, 2018
I know what great peps these two are ... Donna and LaMarr
It gives me great sorrow to know that his life was taking in a snap.
Oh dear lord, please provide peace and comfort to Donna & family.
Gods Divine Love- Yvonne Rosas
September 7, 2018
My heart aches! I have not seen Donna and LaMarr in quite some time, but I have always followed their journey with fondness. You two complete each other! When I think of LaMarr, there is a smile on my face, his larger than life personality lights up the room. Donna, be brave, LaMarr is smiling and watching over you from Heaven. What a truly kind soul!
September 7, 2018
I’ve never met anyone like LaMarr and Donna. Talk about walk the walk and talk the talk. They are “one” person, they raised great kids and were very involved with everything they did. LaMarr was no doubt the spiritual leader of his home. He was a good man and it’s sad that we don’t have more men like him here on earth. When you met him you were just instantly friends and Donna is the same way. Huge giving hearts. There is a void in our world now. See you when I cross that Jordan River my friend.
Tony and Vicki Bullard
September 6, 2018
LaMarr was the perfect example of Loving God with all his heart - being a Godly husband and Dad and loving his Neighbor as himself ! ... he would do anything to help as was always positive and encouraging ... such a humble and kind and good brother in the Lord ... we loved him and will miss him so much! We praise God for the time we had with him on earth and our peace is knowing we will see our precious friend and good buddy again .... he will probably have to put his hammer or pipe wrench down or turn his lawn mower off or have to put the last lug nut on or maybe wipe his hands from an oil change etc .... pausing from something he was helping someone with .... before he comes to gives us that big wonderful LaMarr hug to welcome us home !
Much love and prayers to his precious family whom he loved greatly!
September 6, 2018
LaMarr... Where do I begin?
Our journey together began in the early 60’s in Odessa, Texas in the paradise we all knew as “3rd Street”. LaMarr and I became best friends immediately. We spent countless hours (years) catching “horny toads”, playing tackle football and of course riding our beloved dirt bikes. I have so many memories of hanging out at his house, while Luther and Louise were going about their daily lives and LaVera was in her room playing Elvis on her “turn-table”. Great memories...
I have thought of LaMarr often through the years. I see glimpses of his life ranging from our childhood together to his wedding in Lubbock to his comforting words at the time of my Mother’s passing in 2016.
May God wrap his loving arms around LaMarr’s wife Donna and their beautiful children and his family. I will see you again my brother in Christ... Love, Monica Brockett