James L. (Jim) Boone Jr. passed away on October 20, 2015 at his apartment in Watercrest Retirement Community in Bryan, aged 92. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2015 at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at the College Station City Cemetery. Funeral services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jim was born May 15, 1923 to James L. Boone and Mora Evelyn Waddell Boone in Houston, Texas, the first of two children. The family had a farm in Fort Bend County through the 1920s. In his teenage years, he lived in College Station and in Huntsville as his parents pursued college and advanced degrees at Texas A&M and Sam Houston State. James graduated from Beasley High School in May, 1940 and entered Texas A&M in the Fall of that year, where he was a member of Company E, Signal Corps Branch. He graduated as a member of the Class of ’44. In 1944 and 1945, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in New Guinea and the Phillipines. He subsequently served an additional 36 years in the Army Reserves, ultimately retiring as a Colonel.
Jim married Lillian Vorpahl of Beasley on May 18, 1944 in Rosenberg, Texas. They lived first in Bryan and then Laredo, finally moving permanently to College Station in 1952 where Jim taught and later served as Chair in the Department of Industrial Education at Texas A&M University until his retirement in 1988. Jim and Lillian were married for 56 years until Lillian passed away on August 16, 2002. He subsequently remarried Naomi Shannon of College Station on February 1, 2004. Naomi passed away on June 15, 2004.
Jim spent his retirement years actively pursuing his interests in genealogy, Western swing music, Civil War history, and the history of the now disappeared local commuter train lines in the Brazos Valley.
James L. Boone, Jr. is survived by his brother, H. S. “Dan” Boone, of Houston, son James L. Boone, III and his wife Susan of Albuquerque, former daughter-in-law Lea Ann Boone of Albuquerque, grandchildren Alice, Jack, Will and David, and great-grandson Sebastian. Additionally he is survived by stepchildren, John Shannon and wife Vicki of Carlos, Danny Shannon and wife Nancy of Tomball, Robin Shannon and wife Jackie of Round Rock, Patty Milby and husband Michael of Alexandria, Virginia and Sean Shannon and wife Danette of Colorado.. He is predeceased by his parents, first wife Lillian, and second wife Naomi.Print This Obituary