April 6, 1950 – October 25, 2018
James Howard Marcontell passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. He was born April 6th, 1950 in Liberty, TX to Alfred and Zera Lucille Marcontell. At the age of 3 James and his mother found a natural ability that would bring music to everyone's ears for a lifetime - James could play the piano.
He was raised in the Big Thicket with two brothers and one sister. Deep in the woods all the family members from the area shared in daily adventures, forming lifelong bonds living and learning about the land, and enjoying the fruits to be shared.In high school James had quite the academic, as well as athletic, career. He was All District football, played basketball, ran track; was a member of National Honor Society, band, student council, senior play; and was a school paper artist. He was voted most athletic boy and most likely to succeed. Outside school, James helped his father on board row in the oil fields during the summer. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and helped his parents and siblings tend to their fields. James developed his musical talents as an adult to include performing with several bands, including Country Boogie Band and Otis and the Metros. In later years he performed as a solo artist at local venues. While performing was his passion he also developed his skills in carpentry into a business as a contractor working on remodels and new builds of homes and businesses throughout East Texas. Another skill he perfected from taking drafting classes at Tyler Junior College was designing house plans for many of his customers.
He is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debbie Marcontell of Tyler; son and spouse Eron (Brittany) of Lewisville, TX; brothers and spouses Ed (Betty) Marcontell of Rusk, TX and David (Tammy) Marcontell of Baytown, TX; and sister Sharon Marcontell of Thicket, TX. He is also survived by grandson Jude Gabriel Marcontell.
Funeral service will be 29 October, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1617 Shiloh Rd, Tyler, TX. at 11am with a visitation beginning at 10am. Burial will be 30 October 2018 at Hall Cemetery, Thicket, TX. at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Missionary Fund.
- Alfred and Zera Lucille Marcontell, Parents
- Debbie Marcontell, Wife of 44 years
- Eron Marcontell and wife Brittany, Son
- Ed Marcontell and wife Betty, Brother
- David Marcontell and wife Tammy, Brother
- Sharon Marcontell, Sister
- Jude Gabriel Marcontell, Grandson
Hospice of East Texas
4111 University Drive, Tyler, Texas 75701
Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints Missionary Fund
1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler , Texas 75703
- Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, October 29, 2018
- Burial Monday, October 29, 2018
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October 27, 2018
I remember as a young boy, me & my brother Robert would go visit Uncle Edmond, Aunt Cill, cousins Ikey, Sharon, James & David Marcontell in Thicket some summers. We learned about country living anywhere from the singing & eating under the trees @ the church to corncob fights in the barn. James was a very talented musician & singer. I loved hearing him & the family singing. He could also tell stories that would make you feel like you were there experiencing them. I will always cherish the memories we had together. Rest In peace James.