James Alton Almond

June 20, 1936 - January 22, 2016

With great sadness we announce the passing of Mr. James A. Almond. Mr. Almond suffered a stroke on January 17, 2016 and passed away on January 22, 2016. Jim was born June 20, 1936 in Albemarle, N.C. to Milas and Blanche Almond. He was a graduate of Stanly High School, N.C. State, and SMU in Electrical Engineering. Jim had a long successful career with Texas Instruments in Dallas and Johnson City, Tennessee. While in Dallas, he and Frances used their vacation time to take high school kids with Methodist Youth Fellowship, in the summer, to the Appalachian Mountains. They spread the gospel and repaired homes of the very poor that had nothing to give in return but gratitude. He also served for many years at the Allen Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, and Wednesday night Men’s Bible Study at Stonebriar Community Church. Jim’s life was characterized by his Christ like willingness to serve others by putting other people’s needs ahead of his own.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-six years Frances Almond of Allen, TX; children,  Jim and Trina Almond of Oak Point, TX, Janet and Jeff Cady of Colleyville, TX, and Jeff and Yasmin Almond of Boise, ID; grandchildren, Reed Almond, Caroline Almond Malone, Cole Almond, Callie Cady Hickman, Alton Cady, Christine Almond, and Cammie Almond; brother, Donald Almond; and sister, Judy Troutman.

Jim was preceded in death by his sister Linda McSwain.

A memorial service will be held at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Dr., Frisco, TX 75034 at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2016. The service will be held in Building B/Education Building which is on the east side of Legendary Dr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stonebriar Church or to the Salvation Army. Checks may be made payable to Stonebriar Community Church, in memory of James A. Almond or you may donate online at www.stonebriar.org/helping-others/giving. To donate to the Salvation Army, you can visit your local branch or go online to www.salvationarymy.org.

 

 

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I just found Jim's obituary, searching for him in Texas. I worked for Jim at Texas Instruments 1989-1992, and he had a profound and lasting impact on my career. In our final months at Texas Instruments, he made it possible for me to work crazy hours around the clock so that I could go to college classes full time and graduate before being laid off. Jim was a talented engineer, a great manager, leader, always humble, and willing to work hard, while encouraging me to push myself and do my very best, at school and at work. Rest in Peace, Jim. A life well lived, a job well done. Edgar Bowlin, Jr., September 6, 2018 Frances, Kay and I miss Jim a great deal and we have been praying for you the the family since we first heard the news. I really enjoyed my conversations with Jim over a great range of subjects and will miss these exchanges terribly. God Bless Frances. Kenyon Hull, January 30, 2016 Dear Family of James Almond, I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. My own family has had one too many experiences in the death of our own loved ones in these recent years. You can be sure that comfort and hope are found in the pages of the Bible. In the bible book of John 5:28,29 we are promised that we will see our dear family again because the bible gives a definite hope of the future, God has promise that "death will be no more" at Revelation 21:4. I hope this message gives your family a measure of hope. Please keep the loving memories of your loved one close to your heart. Sincerely Mrs. Sandi Watkins Mrs. Sandi Watkins, January 28, 2016 Mrs. Almond, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Almonds passing. I always loved visiting with you both, and seeing what a strong, beautiful marriage you had. You are in my prayers. Cyndie Cyndie Ward, January 28, 2016 So sorry for your loss. Wanda Anderson, January 28, 2016 Frances, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you much. Toni Toni Brunson, January 27, 2016