James "Jim" Spencer Howze

July 20, 1931June 16, 2013

James “Jim” Spencer Howze, 81, of Victoria, passed away, June 16, 2013. Jim was born July 20, 1931, to the late James and Dorothy Spencer Howze in Mercedes, Texas. Jim enlisted for 4 years in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. Jim graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a master’s degree. He taught at the University of Texas, University of Tennessee, The State Hospital in Austin with special needs children and was an administrator for 20 years with the Texas School for the Deaf. Jim was also a member of MENSA and was in the top 1%. In addition he was also a friend of Bill Wilson for over 35 years. He also was flown to Washington D.C. to help in the development of guidelines for new rules for special needs people.

Jim is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sherilyn Brady Howze; daughters, Tracy Bomba (Russell) and Shelly Schexnayder (John) both of Austin; sisters, Dorothy Lee Blackman of Ft. Worth, Mary Jane Cooper of Wilkes-Barre, PA., Dorothy “Diji” McClamrock of Shreveport, LA., and Mary Driesbach of Keri-Keri, New Zealand. Jim also leaves behind three grandchildren and three great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Dorothy Porter Howze and sister, Betty Keeton of Bainbridge Island of Washington State.

Special thanks and love for enabling Jim to remain at home by their superior help throughout his disease of Alzheimer’s go to Hospice of South Texas and his caregivers Valentina Morales, Nora Moralez, Virginia Soto and Lucy Gonzales.

Private services will be held in Austin at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas, 605. E. Locust, Victoria, Texas, 77901.

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James "Jim" Spencer Howze

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September 9, 2013

Sherilyn, so many wonderful memories of you and Jim and all the fun we had .
I am thinking of you and hoping to see you soon. Jim will be missed. He touched many lives while he was at T.S.D. He was a wonderful person and friend.

June 21, 2013

Sherilyn, You have my deepest sympathy. Know you must have many wonderful memories.Please know that I am thinking about you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Barbara Stubbs

Judy Dillon

June 20, 2013

Sherilyn, my thought and prayers are with you. I missed seeing you these many past years.

Mary Jane, Stan, David and Karen

June 19, 2013

Goodbye for a while Jimmy. I pray that you're in God's loving arms and that you're at peace at last. I love you little brother.

Rosalie Hruska

June 19, 2013

Sherilyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Rosalie

shannon brettnacher

June 19, 2013

i love gandpa