James Gary Coalson

August 5, 1937December 29, 2020

James Gary Coalson, of Carrollton Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Gary was born August 5, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas.

He grew up in Tyler, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gary worked for Gulf Oil, then Chevron, for over 35 years living in San Antonio, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Shreveport, Louisiana, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas before retiring in Carrollton, Texas. He was a true handyman who loved projects of all kinds, be it typical household repairs, giant kite building/flying, or the more ambitious design and construction of a homemade pop-up camper. Gary loved Colorado, enjoying time fishing and tinkering in his alpine workshop. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who was devoted to his family. Gary led by example, a wonderful Christian man that was a light to all that knew him.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Maurine and Milton Coalson, and wife of 42 years, Gladene K. Coalson. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Sandie Coalson; daughters, Michelle Casey, Sherri (Rodger) Moore; sons, James (Beth) Coalson, Damon (Tamara) Coalson, Max (Heather) Proctor, Bryan (Michele) Proctor; sister, Sylvia Gorsuch; brother, Robert (Joyce) Coalson; grandchildren, Ashley Coalson, Jamie Coalson, Avery Coalson, Connor Coalson, Joshua Moore, Jacob Moore, Joseph Moore, Collin Proctor, Jarod Proctor, Blake Proctor, Bailey Proctor; great grandchildren, Luke Moore, Audrey Moore, and Abby Moore.

A memorial service will be held Sunday January 10th at 2:00 pm at the Walnut Hill church of Christ. Due to COVID-19 protocol, the church will be open to “immediate family only” and all are encouraged to use the link below to view the live stream of the service safely from their homes.


  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, January 10, 2021



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Kathy & Gary Franklin

January 10, 2021

We have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Gary. He sang in our wedding, The Lord's Prayer! What a beautiful voice he had. We had so much love and respect for him. Uncle Gary was truly a good Christian kind hearted man! He loved his family! He will be missed by all who knew him.
Love, Kathy and Gary

Alyson Wood

January 10, 2021

I always think of Uncle Gary as a kind, gentle soul and any time we were around him at family reunions/functions, you felt like there was no other place he would rather be. While he will be missed by many, I am blessed to have known him and so thankful that he is now at peace and rejoicing with his Heavenly Father!

Sylvia Gorsuch

January 9, 2021

Gary was my "big brother". The last time we were together last year we
were able to play some pool on his pool table and kid around like we had
always enjoyed doing . One of his favorite things was sharing time with family, especially with the wonderful grandkids. Those meals out during those last few years with the family were so special for us all. He loved to be "in charge" of many meals, especially in the house in Colorado. We
have great memories and a full and happy life to celebrate.--Your loving
sister, Sylvia Coalson Gorsuch.

Shirald Hendrix

January 7, 2021

Gary was one of the “Good Guys” of Mother Gulf. He was a good friend. We road in the same van and he was always waiting when we arrived at his front door. He was a fine Christian. I know his family and friends will miss him.

Ramona Boles

January 7, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss.
Uncle Gary was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.
My condolences to your family and my prayers!
Uncle Gary is at Peace now and he is loved by me and all.

David & Jan Harrison

January 5, 2021

We will remember the kindness Uncle Gary showed us through Sam's injury and getting Sam's computer set up. Uncle Gary was a wonderful man and always made you feel welcomed. Lots of fond memories. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Karen Lane

January 5, 2021

I will always remember Uncle Gary singing the Lord’s Prayer at our wedding. His voice was amazing and I still get the chills when I think about it. He will be missed by so many. God sure got a wonderful angel. Hugs and Kisses, Karen and Gary

Charles Kieschnick

January 5, 2021

Uncle Gary will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. May he now rest in eternal peace with the Lord our God, pain free and with those who left before him. Another angel watching over us who remain on earth. My fondest memory is when Uncle Gary taught me how to fly his delta kite during a visit. Thank you Uncle Gary for filling our hearts with such great memories.

Herman and Joy Teinert

January 4, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father and husband. We have many good memories of him. We must take comfort in knowing he is with his Lord and Savior. He can walk again and is Parkinson’s free. We will all be together again when our time comes. We love you all and praying for you all. Blessings