July 20, 1963 — September 14, 2006
First and most importantly, Jim was a loving husband and Daddy. His first priority was to his family and I thank him for that gift.
My Jim battled malignant melanoma for 6 continuous years. Starting with a mole on his scalp, it led to 13 surgeries and numerous treatments of Interferon, radiation, and Interleukin. After his fourth treatment of unsuccessful Interleukin in 2006 to try and shrink tumors throughout his body, God answered our prayer that Jim should treasure the quality of his life rather than trying to painfully extend his days here on earth.
Jim would never complain and he always seemed to have a smile on his face. His lasts days were very painful for him. In the midst of his pain, he would say “please” and “thank” you when the hospice nurses were taking care of him. That was the kind of man he was, always kind and always gentle.
Jim enjoyed working at the Texas Department of Transportation for almost 20 years designing highways. He loved playing tennis, collecting sports cards, going on hikes, rollerblading, and most importantly spending time with his family. Jim was dearly loved by many friends and family. He truly was a gift from God given to me for 14 years. We were blessed with three children, Andrew 12, Stephen 9, and Jennifer 6. We all miss him very much and we continue to trust in God, knowing that he has great plans for us. He had great plans for Jim and Jim successfully completed them all.
I will rejoice in my suffering because suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint me, because God has poured out his love into my heart by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given me. This verse from Romans 5:3-5, sums up Jim’s life with cancer; he persevered to the very end.