Ernest William James
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 21, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Beaumont, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 30, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Beaumont, Texas, United States
He stands serene amid the crowd (Quoted from his 1945 high school year book)

Ernest William James, 87 of Fannett, Texas went to be with the Lord, Thursday, October 30, 2014.  He was born on July 21, 1927 to Percival “Percy” Alphieus James and Mamie Maude Holst in Beaumont, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of the Beaumont area.  Ernie was a beloved Husband, Dad, and PawPaw, an avid gardener, master machinist, community activist, and lawn specialist (ants and crawfish feared his yard).

Ernie attended South Park High School and joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 17.  He served aboard  the “Samuel S. Moody” in 1945, in the North Pacific during World War II.  While in the service he met  Dorothy “Dottie” Ann Carpol in Los Angeles, California.
When the war was over he returned and married his sweetheart on December 5, 1947. They were married 66 years.  

Survivors include sister Gladys Dawson and husband Bill of Beaumont, TX; son, Bobby James and his wife, Suzy; and daughter, Donna Heironimus and her husband, Steve; all from Fannett,TX; grandchildren, Dyann Carney of Fannett,TX; Amy Storer and her husband, Tony of Montgomery, TX; Melissa Story and her husband, Mike of Mauriceville, TX; Brent Heironimus of Houston,TX; Cody Heironimus and his wife, Amanda of Fannett,TX; Todd James of Fannett,TX; and Rachel Burke and her husband Dan of Sour Lake, TX; and great-grandchildren, Julie James, Lucas and Caleb Head, Isabella Burke, and Nancy Langham.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dottie; daughter, Nancy; parents; and two sisters.

A celebration of life for Mr. James will be at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014 at Grace Community Baptist Church, 22044 Burrell Wingate Road, Fannett, TX under the direction of Coleman Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to The Hamshire Fannett Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704 or to The Church of Christ Bible Chair, 1018 E. Virginia Street, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rachel Burke on 30th October 2015

"I feel I'll write a note to my pawpaw since thats what he will always be.

It's been a year since Jesus brought you to Heaven. Bella didn't remember the exact dates, yet she asked about you 3 times yesterday. Asking if you were still with Jesus and that she said she missed you.I don't think it was a by chance thing. I felt you and grandma were visiting everyone in spirit.  I think of you 2, MiMi, Nancy, and many others often.  Life is short as you use to say and now your son says. In turn, I realize this much more than ever in my 30s.  Ohh. And when i see an abundance of fresh oranges/satsumas I think of and that tree...well you and all things  Thank you for leaving your mark on so many people and myself. Praying for peace over the family today in rememberance. Love you."

This tribute was added by cheryl d on 18th December 2014

"It's always painful to lose a loved one, and so although I did not know Mr. James personally I do send my deepest sympathy. It was mentioned about him being an avid gardener, Did you know that the bible speaks of a resurrection of life in the future for our dead loved ones at (John 5:28,29)- also it mentions at ( Isaiah 65:21-24) the whole earth will become a paradise, where lovely homes and gardens cover the once ruined land. So my hope is that the family and friends of Mr. James find comfort in these bible truths."

This tribute was added by Dyann Carney on 19th November 2014

"I miss you more everyday pawpaw.  But I know you are in heaven hugging your wife and my mother, your daughter!! I hate seeing no lights on in your house across the street.  I miss going over there with Nancy and hearing you call her Boogy.  My life is better because you were in it and it will forever be changed now that you are gone.  I love you!! Give momma and grandma a kiss for me!!"

This tribute was added by Kathryn Carney on 2nd November 2014

"Donna & Steve, Bobby & Suzy, Dyann, Amy, & all the Grandchildren and Great-Grands,

I'm very sorry to hear of Ernie's death.  I fully expect he grieved himself to pass after Dottie's passing such a short time ago.  He was the patriarch of a beautiful family.  You are all in my good thoughts and prayers.  RIP Ernie.

Love from Kathryn & Thelma Carney"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Windham on 1st November 2014

"Mr. Ernie was a fine man.  He was a fine Christian man and he and he loved his family so very much.  He always had some great practical advice to offer if you asked for it. I always loved to hear him tell stories about whatever he felt like sharing with me.  I am sad that he has left this life but I know that he and Mamma Dorothy and Nancy are happy to be together again. I loved you while you were here Mr. Ernie.  Thanks for some special memories.  You will remain in my heart forever.  Much love...Stephanie"

This tribute was added by Judy Reiner on 1st November 2014

"Words cannot express the sadness I feel over the loss of our beloved Uncle Ernie.  He was an amazing man, a loving family man, good provider, and always a hard worker.  It's hard for me to think about never being able to talk to him again or eating his delicious brisket, but I find peace in knowing that he is now with his beloved Dottie.  Rest in peace dear Uncle Ernie.  You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.  I love you always.  Please give Aunt Dottie lots of hugs and kisses for me.  xoxoxoxoxxoxo"

This tribute was added by Amanda Heironimus on 1st November 2014

"Words can not describe how honored I am to have known this wonderful man. He was "Paw Paw" to my husband and quickly became my Paw Paw as well. He worked hard his whole life to provide for his family. He was a tremendous Dad to his children and a loving Paw Paw to his grandchildren. He inspired others to work hard, give back, and spend time with family. My heart weeps today at the thought of his loss, but I know he is in a better place, dancing with our Lord. I'll never forget the nights we had as a family playing dice, and sharing memories with family. He is gone now but will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.."

This tribute was added by Robert James on 1st November 2014

"So thankful to have known this strong man.  He was a loving, hard working Dad and Grandfather and loved his children fiercely.  We will miss him but we are so thankful he is with his beloved in paradise. May he rest in eternal peace.  ~ <3 Suzy ~"

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