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“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
1 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
2 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's wife and family during this difficult time. I didn't know Jim (met him once), but I met Jill when we both...Read More »
3 of 50 | Posted by: Denise Kessler - Marietta, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jim will truly be missed, but not forgotten. He was a great person and an incredible friend. I will miss...Read More »
4 of 50 | Posted by: Untayia Chizer - Houston, TX

“Jim was such an amazing person not to mention genuine he knew everyone by name I'm grateful for the time allowed to work with him he will be missed...Read More »
5 of 50 | Posted by: Tay Chizer - Houston, TX

“It was an honor to know you as a friend and as a musician with a gift. You will be missed greatly. My prayers are with your family. MJ Harrison ”
6 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Jane Harrison - Sugar Land, TX

“Thoughts and prayers are with you, Jill - and all your family. May God bless and keep you close to Him at this time and always. ”
7 of 50 | Posted by: Ann Duplechain - Port Arthur, TX

“So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. I worked with him at USFHP and he was one of the kindest people I've ever worked with. He always had a smile...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Johnna Blount - Port Neches, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
9 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“Jim will be missed dearly! and remembered in my mind as a gentle and kind soul, who never forgets names and faces. He was/is loved. Marsha ”
10 of 50 | Posted by: Marsha Davis - Houston, TX

“may you rest in peace my friend ”
11 of 50 | Posted by: abel garcia - TX

“We are never ready to let our loved ones go when God calls them home. I worked with Jim at Christus Healthcare, for a good many years, and he was so...Read More »
12 of 50 | Posted by: Brenda Pritchett - Magnolia, TX

“I will miss you Jim.. Your kind heart and amazing talent on the guitar was always inspiring to me....RIP..I know you'll keep playing and sharing your...Read More »
13 of 50 | Posted by: Duree lee Trautwein - Richmond, TX

“Jim,a good friend will be surely missed. Prayers for the family, I know they need them. ”
14 of 50 | Posted by: Jimmy Vest - Groesbeck, TX

“I express my sincere sympathy to family of Mr. Jim. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We worked together at RBJ and I can honestly say...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Montoya Truss - Houston, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
16 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
17 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“Jim will be missed but his UT Health family will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. ”
18 of 50 | Posted by: Abe Guajardo - Richmond, TX

“In late '97, I happened to go into KPRC radio's old web-board style political chat room where "Eagle" first met "Jimma"! Soon thereafter, a group of...Read More »
19 of 50 | Posted by: Mike Toomey - Pasadena, TX

“"Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord for we live by faith,...Read More »
20 of 50 | Posted by: Kevin - Irving, TX

“I wanted to send my deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. May the Lord bless you all with peace and comfort as you grieve the...Read More »
21 of 50 | Posted by: Lori Johnson - Irving, TX

“My deepest condolences. Although I only recently met him, Jim made an instant impression with his kindness and warmth. He will truly be missed. My...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: Sevahn Carril - Pearland, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
23 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“I never really formally met Jim. I worked with his wife Jill for years. She talked about him constantly. You could tell the love she had in her...Read More »
24 of 50 | Posted by: Irl Green - San Antonio, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
25 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“Jill, As you know, I only had the opportunity to meet your husband once but I was, like so many others apparently, impressed with his genuine...Read More »
26 of 50 | Posted by: Callie Taylor - Waxahachie, TX

“Jim was an extraordinary man and a wonderful person. I will always remember Jim's kindness, compassion, and bright personality. He will be greatly...Read More »
27 of 50 | Posted by: Chris Xin - Houston, TX

“Jim was my genuine Friend and also my musical BandMate for many years. I will forever cherish the wonderful memories, the fun, the challenges and...Read More »
28 of 50 | Posted by: Herb Zieschang - Houston, TX

“I only knew Jim for a short time, but he was a friendly, humorous and helpful man to be around. He will be missed dearly. ”
29 of 50 | Posted by: Jose Rodriguez - Houston, TX

“It was such a pleasure working with Jim at UTHealth. Although I did not see him often due to his work location, we did have contact at luncheons and...Read More »
30 of 50 | Posted by: Amy Jones - Katy, TX

“Mr. Jim you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can still see you wiping your truck in the mornings. You will be greatly missed. ”
31 of 50 | Posted by: Fany De Santiago - Richmond, TX

“Jim was an extraordinary man and a wonderful person. I will always remember Jim's kindness, compassion, and bright personality. He will be greatly...Read More »
32 of 50 | Posted by: Chris Xin - Houston, TX

“It was such a pleasure working with Jim at UTHealth. Although I did not see him often due to his work location, we did have contact at luncheons and...Read More »
33 of 50 | Posted by: Amy Jones

“Jim was a very special man. He always had a smile and his face. I talked to him on the Wednesday prior to his passing. All he told me that he wanted...Read More »
34 of 50 | Posted by: Linda Carreira - Richmond, TX

“Jim was a great person. I will definitley miss him. ”
35 of 50 | Posted by: Robert Jenkins - Houston, TX

“I had the privilege of knowing Jim through work. Jim was a kind warm-heart person inside and out. I will miss calling him as we often reach out to...Read More »
36 of 50 | Posted by: Dat Tran - Tomball, TX - Friend

“Jim will be greatly missed. He was always willing to help and did it with a smile. ”
37 of 50 | Posted by: Gwynne Sury - TX

“Jim was a sweet, very amiable and pleasant person. He had gentle kind spirit and he will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for his family during...Read More »
38 of 50 | Posted by: Alicia Martinez - richmond, TX

“Jim was like a big brother to me. Never a harsh word and always a hug when I saw him. Jill, William and Rebecca, my heart breaks for you. Your...Read More »
39 of 50 | Posted by: Lynn Bell - Richmond, TX

“It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life. Thoughts and prayers...Read More »
40 of 50 | Posted by: Jim & Marilyn Hope - Madison, SD

“Jill and Family,You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Know this, there was never a better Man than your Jim. When I moved here a little over a year...Read More »
41 of 50 | Posted by: Rhonda GIllam - Richmond, TX

“"Jim, Although I've only known you a short while, I'll always remember your smile and greeting. From the moment we met and each time after you've...Read More »
42 of 50 | Posted by: Prenceller Prenceller - Pearland, TX

“My condolences and prayers to the family. Jim was a thoughtful, kind, loving man he will truly be missed. ”
43 of 50 | Posted by: Arlena Villarreal - Rosenberg, TX

“Jim you were cool dude and we always enjoyed it when you came over to the Katy office then go to your favorite spot for lunch (Toni's). You will be...Read More »
44 of 50 | Posted by: Taurus Eastland - Katy, TX

“I can't think of a time when Jim and I were together that he didn't have a smile on his face, or let out one of his huge laughs. Jim was a special...Read More »
45 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Massey - Houston, TX

“Jim, I only knew you from the Keesler Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps FB page, but I enjoyed your stories and photos. While I served about 10 years...Read More »
46 of 50 | Posted by: Kevin Ott, CMSgt, USAF (retired) - SD

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jim will truly be missed but not forgotten. ”
47 of 50 | Posted by: Chiquita Ardoin - Richmond, TX

“You will be missed dearly my friend ”
48 of 50 | Posted by: Ben Bell - rosenberg, TX

“Thoughts and Prayers to the Criswell Family. Jim will be missed. ”
49 of 50 | Posted by: Charles Seiler - Richmond, TX

“Jill im so sorry for your loss, I wish I could of met him, he looked to be a sweet man. Lots of love and prayer for you my sweet cousin. ”
50 of 50 | Posted by: Amy Houser - Pontotoc, MS


Jim Criswell was born on April 29, 1954 to Laura and Maj. Billy Criswell, USAF, in San Benito, Texas. Since his father was military, the family lived in various locations until Maj. Criswell retired in 1968. They then returned to their roots in Limestone County, Texas, and began a cattle ranch. Jim attended Groesbeck High School, worked the ranch, and began to pursue music seriously. He graduated high school and, although he had a very high draft number, enlisted in the USAF in 1972 (during the Vietnam War) and served as an Electronic Computer Systems Repairman. He served stateside and also served in the Drum and Bugle Corp at Keesler AFB. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1974 and stayed in the Denver area where he continued to pursue music. He moved to Rosenberg in the early 80s at his father's suggestion, began work in the oil fields, and continued to play guitar. His skill continued to progress and he played with many bands. He became a much respected musician playing in bands that opened for many national acts, including The Guess Who, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Mickey Gilley, Clint Black, and Tim McGraw. He also returned to school, earned an Associate Degree in Computer Technology with a 4.0 GPA, and began working in the computer field. His son, William, was born in 1987, followed by his daughter, Rebecca, in 1990. Jim continued working and playing, forming life-long friendships. In 1999, he and Jill met and later married in 2000. They moved to San Antonio and lived there for five years, but returned to Houston on 2005 where they both worked for CHRISTUS Health. Not long thereafter, Jim realized his dream and was offered a position in BJ Thomas's former band, The Triumphs. Being a member of this band brought him so much joy and he was very proud to be a part of it all. In 2012, Jim went to work at UT Health which he described as the best job he ever had. He continued to stay very active in music and play with The Triumphs. He also became active with Jill in animal rescue and advocacy and spent a lot of time caring for their pets that meant the world to them. They found tremendous joy in helping and spending time with them and it enriched their lives greatly. Jim was so humble that many people who did not have the pleasure of seeing him play guitar never knew how accomplished he was in music and in all areas of life. He was not afraid to tackle anything and could fix anything. He was a man with a heart of gold, who showed kindness to everyone he encountered, whether a life-long friend or a homeless person or pet in need of help. Friendship meant everything to him and he knew how to be a good friend. He would drop everything to help anyone and never failed to show people how much he cared. His happiness and enthusiasm for life were contagious and people were drawn to him because of it. There will never be another person like Jim. Jim is survived by his wife, Jill, his mother, Laura Waller, his son, William, daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Jason Stroup, sister and brother-in-law, Martha and David Sanders, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Andy and Vicki Parker, sister-in-law, Patti Sherrod, grandchildren, Mason Criswell, Eli Wiginton, Noah Wiginton, and Hannah Stroup, in addition to countless other beloved friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father, Maj. Billy Criswell, USAF, Ret., and his step-father, Lloyd Waller. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 2, 4pm-8pm, at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel, 3900 BF Terry Blvd, Rosenberg, TX 77471. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 2pm, at the same location. The graveside service will be at 1pm Monday, December 5, at Criswell Cemetery in Falls County, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family has started a fund in Jim's name, which will be used to care for pets in need: https://www.youcaring.com/jimcriswellmemorial-703031

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