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James "Jim" Lloyd Brazeal

July 27, 1932 - August 19, 2019

Born July 27, 1932 in Allen, Texas, Jim lived much of his life in Allen.  He also lived in Amarillo, Texas, Los Angeles, California, returned to Allen and more recently in Van Alstyne, Texas.   Jim was a Marine during the Korean War, always proud and grateful to be an American and a Texan.  He met his wife of 60 years, Barbara Nell Laseter in Amarillo.  Together, they had four children, Eileen (Jimmy) Grimes, GayNell Brazeal, Brian (Marlo) Brazeal and Elizabeth Ann (Mike) Brazeal, born to this union while they lived in Los Angeles.  Family was always first in his mind and heart.  Seventeen grandchildren and great-children filled his life with joy daily. grandchildren, Kimberly Gail Hinson, Robert Lee Grimes, Rebecca Marie Grimes, Jana Michelle Pedigo, Roy James Grimes, Ronnie Mark Grimes, Tristan James Brazeal, Ian Kent Brazeal and Andrew Lee Brazeal; great-children, Kenneth Hinson, Alaina Hinson, Nathan Hinson, Ethan Hinson, Jaxon Hinson, Mike Collins, Bryson Grimes and Cayden Grimes.

He enjoyed his life as a salesman and the oil industry with Capstar Drilling; never retiring because work was fun.  Jim helped Allen, Texas to grow through the Economic Development Corporation which was a special and much enjoyed project for him.  He had a passion for fishing and never tired of planning travel.  Trips to Africa, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Singapore and Mexico provided him with endless stories to share. 

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Brazeal; son, Brian Brazeal; daughters, Eileen Grimes and Elizabeth Ann Brazeal; brother, Don Brazeal and wife, Sharon; sister, Marilyn Pannell and husband, John; brother-in-law, Bill Laseter; seventeen grandchildren and great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Lucille Brazeal; daughter, GayNell Brazeal; and granddaughter, Rebecca Marie Grimes.

While we will miss him greatly, being a believer, we know where his is and that we will see him again.  Thank you, God, for his life and that we were a part of it.

The family will receive friends during a visitation Thursday evening, August 22, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The family would like to invite friends to a celebration of life reception to be held at the Marriott Courtyard (Allen Event Center), 210 East Stacy Road, Allen, Texas 75002 from 11:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 after the service on a come and go basis. A lite lunch will be available. The family request you bring pictures or stories to share.

Memorial contributions made in Jim’s honor to  Wounded Warrior Project would please him greatly.


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Jimmy and Eileen, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Brett and Carolyn Nisonger, August 22, 2019 I will miss you Jim, loved talking to you about just anything. He was a great man. Rose Riggs, August 21, 2019 I am so sad to hear of Jim's passing. Our friendship goes back about 35 years, during which I came to know Jim through our business relationship. I came to know him as a man who loved his family above all, and someone who always had a humorous take on life and a good joke to share. The world is a better place because of Jim, and we will miss him greatly. Bob Kausch, August 21, 2019 Jim was a great friend and business partner, and I loved him very much! I will miss his phone calls. Danny Drennan, August 21, 2019