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Jimmy Lee McMahan

October 5, 1947October 11, 2017
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Jimmy Lee McMahan age 70 years and 6 days lived in Highlands, TX passed Away October 11, 2017. He was born in Hornsby, Tennessee on October 5, 1947. Jim graduated from Central High School in St Louis, Missouri. He was married to Barbara on May 29, 1971. Jim worked at PISD As aMaintenance Supervisor of the Electronic Department. Jim was an avid Gun collector. He made knives for friends and family, and his passion was Music, especially the Blues. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their son Bill, Bill’s wife Carolyn and their 3 Children Allie, Bailey and Colin, his sister Shirley Oleski and her husband Joe, Jim also has numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Funeral arrangements will be held at 10:00 am Saturday October 14, 2017Grandview Funeral Home located at 8501 Spencer Highway Pasadena, TX 77505. Jim loved guns and he went hunting a lot throughout his life. He also made knives and built Computers. He loved music and reading. Jim was known to be a teller of tales, some of our fondest memories are of him in the midst of family gatherings telling stories about his family and his life and the lives of people he met along the way. Jim had a way of telling a story that could make you cry one minute and bust a gut laughing the next. Jim was generous to a fault. He always preferred to give gifts than to receive them, but when someone gave him something he always cherished it. He loved to spoil, aggravate, tease and pick at his nieces and nephews. Jim loved and cherished his family. When Jim and Barb got married and had Bill, their lives changed forever. Barb had asked him once why he didn’t want to have more children and he said “ I could never love another as much as I love Bill and I will not do that to a child.” When their first Grandchildren were born, twins Allie and Bailey, he loved them with all of his heart and they loved him just as much too. As soon as the girls were able to walk, he used to take them into fields looking for “leprechaun money”. He’d throw money out in the grass for them to find and the girls always loved those walks. Not long after Colin was born, Jim’s health began to decline, but he always seemed to muster the strength to hold his special grandson. He picked at Colin and Colin loved it. Jim so wanted to share his love of guns and knives with his grandchildren that he gave Colin his first gun before he could even walk, and gifted the girls their very own custom bench rifles. Jim often gave gifts to symbolize his love. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jimmie McMahan, brothers Billy, Jackie, Bobby, sisters Nannie Sue, Grace, and Johnnie, nephews David and Robert King. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son and daughter-in-law Bill and Carolyn, grandchildren Allie, Bailey and Colin, his sister Shirley Oleski and her husband Joe. Jim also has numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Funeral arrangements will be held at 10:00 am Saturday October 14, 2017Grandview Funeral Home located at 8501 Spencer Highway Pasadena, TX 77505. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Officer Down Memorial Fund.

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Barbara McMahan

October 5, 2021

Hello Darling, today we would have celebrated your 74th birthday, it’s hard to imagine, I miss you every day and I always will, but time does help ease the pain. It never goes away but it is bearable most days. In your memory and my way of celebrating your special day, I have spent most of the day just reminiscing. It has gotten easier to remember some of our days gone by, some make me laugh out loud and most all of our memories brings a smile to my face. Let all our family members that are with you know, they are loved dearly and have not been forgotten. I love you babe

Bill McMahan

October 5, 2021

Happy birthday Pops! It’s been a rocky 4 years since you went home. Please let everyone know we love them. Mom is doing okay, she misses you terribly, as do we all. The kids still talk about you and ask questions about you, as recently as last night. It was funny, Carolyn and I were messing with the girls about dinner and told the them we were having “wish sandwiches” after explaining where that was from we told them you and James both said it all the time. Bailey looked at me pouting (but mostly kind-hearted joking laughing) and said “Well, they never told me no on anything so I guess they never said that to us” it was a great moment. Anyway, I get on here from time to time and read but rarely write. I feel in you know what is in my heart, from where you stand now and words would not do the that justice. I love you Pops, Happy Birthday.

Barbara McMahan

June 22, 2019

I know that now and I am trying to do better with the kids, I hope they know how much they mean to me.
Well my love it is getting late and I should probably go to bed now, the kids will be home late tomorrow so I won’t see them until Monday or so, but when I do see them I will give them an extra hug and kiss from you too. Goodnight sweetheart, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.
I Love and Miss you so much babe.

Barbara McMahan

June 22, 2019

June 22, 2019

Hello My Love, it has been 619 days since you left us and I have to say, it's not any easier. I miss you everyday and some days are worse than others, hell lets be honest some weeks and months are worse than others. I have so much catching up to do with you, so much has happened in those 619 days, where to start, ok this is going to be jumbled but I will jot down things as they come to me, nothing will be in order. Well first off we bought the kids a pop up Camper and I think you would have really enjoyed camping in it. The kids love it and when I say kids I mean Carolyn and Bill along with our grand babies. here is a quick update on the kids, Allie is really struggling with you and James both being gone from her life, she has been giving her mom and dad a run for their money, she is so confused hurt and lost, I think she is searching for someone to replace the love she felt from you and James, watch over her babe she needs all the help and support we can give her. Allie had an incident with a boy that I won't go into because it hurts my heart to think about it. She is so precious and her and Bailey both are BEAUTIFUL young ladies and they don't have a clue how pretty they are on the outside but so loving and sweet on the inside too which is even more important than outside appearances. Allie took your Snake boots to Garner Park this week, evidently they have dances there at night and they dress western style. I was going to go with them but got sick last minute and decided to stay home instead and as lousy as i have felt this week, it was the right decision. Bailey has a boyfriend named Colton and he and his parents just love her, no surprise there she is so sweet, but man oh man she can be narrow minded and will not listen when you try to talk to her. She will get pissed and shut you down, Allie's temperament is different from B’s but similar too, I know it sounds weird but it is what it is, Allie shuts down and gets really quite.

Barbara McMahan

October 20, 2018

Hey Handsome, I wanted you to know , today is my first Birthday without you, actually it is the second but I lost you so close to my Birthday last year that I don't really remember much about it so to me this is really my first without you and babe not going to lie it has been tough. 15 days ago was your birthday and it really was my first without you, then 6 days later a year has gone by since I last saw, smelt, held, touched or kissed you and it seems so much longer than a year, 365 days, 12 months or a boatload of minutes, it sometimes seems like decades. I love you Honey, I miss hearing you call my name or telling me you love me or us talking about how precious our Grandbabies are and how blessed we are to have Bill and so thankful that he met, fell in love and married Carolyn. She is a very special lady and you would be so proud of how much she is turning into a McMahan, LOL she is priceless. Babe it has been a long day and I am emotionally drained and still trying to recover from the stomach crap i had, so I will say Goodnight my love, sweet dreams and know how much you are loved and missed. Goodnight Darling

Barbara McMahan

October 20, 2018

Hi baby, just checking in I didn't finish telling you about the trees in the back yard. Remember the guys that redid all of the plumbing under the house, well I called them back out because of a smell in the house and while they were here I asked them if they knew anyone that cut down trees, they said they could do it and after taking some time to discuss it they quoted me a price of $2000.00 to cut down both trees. I had another estimate from a tree service guy and he was going to charge 3000.00 for one tree, so I figured the second quote was reasonable, we shook hands and they said they would start the following day. They came by the house on Saturday and informed me that after thinking about it they were going to have to increase it a bit and when I asked by how much they said another 1000.00 dollars. I told them I didn't like it but to go ahead and start the next day, something didn't feel right about the whole deal. I went out to mow the yard in preparation of the trees cutting, the more I mowed the madder I got, and I had a WWJD moment (what would Jim do?) and I knew right then what I needed to do. I'm not be a man but you always said a man is only as good as his word and a handshake is the same as a contract. I finished mowing and I came in called the guys to tell them to forget cutting the trees, when they did not answer I sent a text message, then I took a shower. I heard my phone ring three times and then the Doorbell rang three times before I could get out and get dressed. I called Jose back and told him I wanted to cancel and he said but we have a guy coming to help that they rented this guy’s piece of equipment, I told them to call the guy and cancel the equipment and that I was sorry but not to bother coming by, my mind was made up. Now to explain my WWJD moment, I could see and hear you plain as day saying "Oh hell no, you quoted me a price and we shook hands on it, you do the job for 2000.00 or to get the hell off my land. It felt good. LYSM Barb

Barbara McMahan

October 20, 2018

This is what Bilbo Baggins, put on Facebook to me, he is such a sweet knucklehead. I just realized I haven't referred to Bill as Billbo in a long time.
To my one and only mother. I know this day, this week, this month and this year has been impossibly difficult. I also know that I would not be able to fulfill what I believe your birthday wish is, to have him back. But I do believe the Lord will open doors for us this year and I am certain the pain will eventually turn. I love you mom, it’s hard but you are not alone we love you so very much.
Is he the best son on this planet or what? There is a thing between Bill and I and it has always existed, I don't know what you would call it or how to describe it, this is the best I know how to explain it, I feel like my whole life was leading me to you my love granted it was only 16 years but in hindsight it seems much longer. I know in my Heart that when I conceived Bill, it was like I was doing what God sent me here to do, raising him has been the reward I got for bringing that wonderful little human into this world and the rewards just keep getting better and better, First Carolyn, oh my what a blessing, then Allie and Bailey talk about my heart running over with love, then we are blessed with Colin, he has a very special place in my heart they all do, maybe with Colin it reminds me of times when Bill was little, which in turn reminds me of our first years together, I have so many memories of our time together but sometimes you get so busy with life you forget to reminisce about those times and they start to fade, Colin brings back those memories maybe because he is a little boy, I don't know and don't pretend to understand, I just know I am thankful for the memories and so blessed to have him and our beautiful granddaughters, Allie and Bailey are such good people. Babe can you believe neither of them have any idea how beautiful they are, I don't mean just on the outside, I hope they realize it someday soon. Love U

Barbara McMahan

October 20, 2018

Ok sweet heart I am back, This is what you son put on Facebook for your birthday.
Well Pops, tomorrow would be your 71st birthday. This last year has been incredibly difficult. The kids miss you the girls especially, we have learned so much that you and James taught them. Some thing I guess we wouldn’t have know, giving the circumstances. Colin has such a good memory. He remembers the goofy things you said when you would pick at him. Carolyn misses you as well. She often talks of how you and her just connected. You would be so proud of her. She has definitely taken on the McMahan “take no shit” mentality.

Mom is doing okay, she misses you. The times her and I share went from crying over you to now laughing at some of the ridiculousness that was King Jim. But the tears still come.

I, of course miss you too. The first months after you left was filled with moments of me grabbing my phone think “I gotta tell dad this” just to be followed with the stun that I can’t, not anymore.

I find myself wishing I had spent more time Heard more stories, and just told you more often how proud I was to be your son.

That’s it, I proud to be your son, and proud Carolyn and I could give you three beautiful grandchildren that adored you. I love you Pops. We all miss you.

Barbara McMahan

October 20, 2018

Hello, My love my last post was August 29, 2018 and since that time, I have survived the first year without you, how I did it is beyond my knowing. I got sick right around your Birthday and I got better then I got hit with the nastiest stomach virus I have ever had., our poor little Colin had it first, he is such a Trooper, nothing keeps him down for long, Thank God. I haven't worked all this past week due to illness and you know I have to be in pretty bad shape because I never miss work. I knew this month was going to be rough, but I had no idea how rough. Since I last wrote you a lot has happened I need to fill you in on, first my car had to have new tires, then the Dining room floor had to be replaced due to water damage from the New Air Conditioning we had installed, I called Vincente and he was very sorry to hear about you, anyway while he was here I had him put Hardwood throughout the house. Talk about a mess everything was sixes and nines around here for weeks. I have had issues with the two trees in the back yard, seems like every time the wind blows huge limbs break off and I have to get the mess cleaned up and I don't if you realize this but I'm not as young as I once was. Sweetie, it seems like since I lost you I am not the only one grieving the house, cars and trees are also mourning your loss, everything keeps falling apart which sometimes describes me to a T. Our little Allie is really struggling with losing you and then James it is just too much to handle at such a young age. Our sweet little Bailey seems to be adjusting fairly well, either that or she is better at hiding it, not real sure which. Luckily Bill and Carolyn being the great parents they are they are taking no chances where the kids are concerned, they have Allie in counseling and it seems to be helping. I may be at my 2000 word limit, so I will close for now. Love you so much babe and miss you more than words can say.

Barbara McMahan

August 29, 2018

Hi honey, I just posted Bill's first essay since starting to take college courses to further his education. I warn you be prepared to swell with pride and shed a few tears. I love you babe and i just couldn't wait to share it with you. Goodnight my love.

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