Jim Davis, 78, of Stinnett passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM.
Memorial services will be held at 12:00 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the McAfee Ranch in Pampa. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
James William Davis Jr. was born on April 25, 1942 in Ballinger, TX to James William Sr. and Lola Von Dean Henry Davis. He grew up on a dairy farm in Mission, Tx where he attended school. Jim married Barbara Sublett on June 30, 1964 in the Rio Grande Valley town of Pharr, Tx. He worked as a rancher and cowboy for over 60 years, moving to Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma before making a home in Texas. Jim retired from his ranching career on September 1, 2020. He loved everything about the ranching life and had an eye for the cattle business. Jim was a loving husband and had 56 wonderful years with Barbara until her passing on August 5, 2020. He enjoyed the quiet life, watching western movies, and keeping up with the rodeos.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tommy Davis.
He is survived by his 2 daughters, Robin Jones and husband Jeromie of Stinnett and Billie Hogie of Missouri; 1 brother, Robert Henry Davis of Venezuela, 6 grandchildren, Kristie Baldivia, Carrie Stoddard, Harley Harkey, Jessica Malone, Kassidey Jones, and Wyatt Jones; 5 great-grandchildren, Zoe Baldivia, C.J. Regensberg, Halley Harkey, Z’Anna Baldivia, Haisley Mills, and one more on the way.
The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand. “Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you’ll miss this man. But, it’s true what you’ve been hearing, Heaven is a real place. That’s no small consolation, You should that fact to face. The emptiness his parting left that seeps into your bones and draw on it to ease your pain, for he is not alone. You see, all his friends are up here and all his loved ones, too. Cause it wouldn’t be a heaven without each one of you. And heaven for a Cowboy is just what you might expect, it’s horses that need tunin’ up and heifers that need checked. It’s long rides with a purpose and a code that lights the way and a satisfying reason to get up every day. It’s the ranch he’s always dreamed of and never knew he’d find. And if you think about it, you can see it in your mind. Him, leanin’ in the saddle with his ol’ hat on his head, contentment set upon his face like blankets on a bed. The leather creaks a little as he shifts there in the seat. The bit chains give a jingle when his pony switches feet. And you somehow get the feelin’ that he’s sittin’ on a throne. A’gazin out on paradise just like it was his own. I can promise you he’s happy, though I know you can’t pretend, you’re glad he made the journey, it’s too hard to comprehend. The earthly way you look at things can never satisfy. Your lack of understanding for the answer to the ‘Why?’ So, I offer this small comfort to put grief to rest, I only take the top hands; cause my crew’s the very best. And I know it might seem selfish to friends and next of kin. But I needed one more Cowboy and Jim fit right in”