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Jim Richard Ballengee
March 18, 1950 ~ March 1, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
Jim Richard Ballengee, 72 passed away March 1, 2023. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM Wednesday March 8, 2023 at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S Western with Reverend Daniel Barnes officiating. The family will be accepting friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday March 7, 2023 at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Jim was born March 18, 1950 in Amarillo to Virgil and Juanita Ballengee. He graduated from Amarillo High School and went on to earn his associate’s degree in electronics at Amarillo College. Jim married the love of his life Debbie Miller, on September 4, 1982. They spent forty wonderful years together. Jim worked at Panhandle Laundry and Dry Cleaning with his father, Virgil, for fifteen years before moving to Grapevine. He then went on to work at NEC as the distribution center director for thirty-one years. Jim enjoyed spending time with his wife and beloved collies Skye and Maddie. He often could be found sitting on his front porch talking to neighbors as they walked by. His love for music covered all genres specifically The Carpenters and The Doobie Brothers. Jim truly enjoyed helping others and loved making everyone around him laugh and never missed a Dallas Cowboys game.
Jim was best known for his avid love for dogs, milkshakes, and witty jokes. He was a member of the Lions Club for twenty-two years where he received numerous awards including several international presidential recognitions. He held many offices at the club and district levels including District 2E2 DJ, and president of the Organ and Eye Bank.
His passion for patriotism was shown when he led the American Flag Program for eighteen years. Over three hundred and fifty of his neighbors participated in this program. Through his influence, a special tribute was shown by his neighbors as they flew flags in his honor on Saturday. He truly believed in God and country.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Juanita Ballengee, his sister Carol Priest and brother in law Gerald, mother in law Mary Puckett, sister in law Donna Willson and his collies Smokey, Dusty, Buster, Banks, Misty Blue, Noah, and Halo.
Survivors include his wife Debbie Ballengee of Grapevine, his sister Gloria Reynolds and husband Harley of Amarillo, niece Diana Lewis and husband Jimmy of Amarillo, niece Debbie Smith of Amarillo, brother in law Robert Miller and wife Martha of Amarillo, brother in law Bill Willson of Amarillo, sister in law Brenda Miller and Rodney Wynn of Amarillo, brother in law Brian Miller and Wife Terri of Amarillo, brother in law Scott Miller and wife Lisa of Austin.
The other survivors include sixteen nieces and nephews, twenty-nine great nieces and nephews and twelve great great nieces and nephews, and numerous extended family and friends.
In honor of Jim, donations can be made to the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas.