James Thomas McGlamery
James (Jim) Thomas McGlamery, 68, of Meridian, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his residence, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Funeral services for Jim were held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Meridian with Rev. Colin Errington officiating. Graveside services and burial were held at the Meridian Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Les Miller, John Garrett, J. R. Wagner, Greg Hughes, Billy Poteet, and Wesley Beeman. Jim was born August 22, 1944 in Dallas. He was the son of the late William P. McGlamery and Selma Holder McGlamery. He grew up in Oak Cliff and graduated from W. H. Adamson High School in 1962. He went on to attend East Texas State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. In addition, Jim, or “Mac”, as he was known to his friends, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order and remained an active alumnus throughout his life. He served in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 until 1974. Jim married wife Paulette in 1970, raising their two children in the Dallas suburban town of Rowlett. Jim served the Rowlett community in his service to the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and later Lakepointe Baptist Church. Jim’s professional career spanned more than 30 years working as an escrow agent in the real estate title business serving Collin and Dallas counties. In 2004 Jim and Paulette found their oasis when they bought their property in Meridian, quickly supporting the community. Their commitment included volunteering with Helping Hands, the Bosque County food pantry, supporting the city’s Chamber of Commerce and active membership in Meridian’s First Baptist Church. Additionally, Jim played a key role in bringing the first John A. Lomax Texas Music Gathering and Chuck Wagon Cook-off to Meridian, an annual event established in April of 2012. He was a member of the Iredell Masonic Lodge #407. Along with his commitment to community service, Jim loved hunting, wood working, and fixing things in his “shop”. Jim’s love for others was his spiritual gift as evidenced throughout his personal and professional life. He always lent a helping hand or a spare tool once aware of the need. His strength of character and ability to put others at ease was the foundation for countless life-long relationships and served to mentor many young people who had the privilege of knowing him. He remained a positive male role model to young men and women throughout his illness. Jim is survived by his wife of 42 years, Paulette, of Meridian; daughter, Kim McGlamery Drummond and husband, Brian, of Allen; son, Jason Thomas McGlamery and wife, Julie, of Plano; grandchildren, Caroline, Jack, and Sarah McGlamery, of Plano; brother, David McGlamery and wife, Marilyn, of Dripping Springs; and sister, Carol Brenneke and husband, Norwood, of Palestine; as well as countless other family and friends who love and will miss him dearly. In an effort to continue his legacy, the family has established a memorial scholarship fund in his name. In lieu of flowers, donations to the James T. McGlamery Memorial Scholarship Fund are graciously appreciated and can be made at the First Security State Bank, Meridian, Texas, in care off the James T. McGlamery Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attention: Tom Henderson, P. O. Box 401, Meridian, Texas 76665 Condolences to Mr. McGlamery’s family may be offered at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net. Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian in charge of arrangements.