James Earl Crouch
James Earl Crouch
  • February 20, 1941 - September 23, 2017
  • Hamilton, Texas

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James Earl Crouch, lawyer in Hamilton for more than 50 years, died in Dallas Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the husband of Jane Caudle Crouch, father of Jana Crouch Lippe and grandfather of Bailey, Alyssa and Trenton (T.J.) Gift
Jim was born Feb. 20, 1941, the son of John William and Mary Boatwright Crouch of Mathis. His brothers are Ben of College Station and Charles of Arlington.

He graduated from Mathis High School in 1959 and Baylor University School of Law in 1966. He was passionate about history, especially the Civil War and the study of the Bible and biblical times.

Jim was a partner in Crouch & White, Attorneys at Law, in Hamilton and also purchased the Hamilton County Abstract Co.

He was a member and past president of the Hamilton Lions Club, a member of the Hamilton County Historical Commission, a deacon and member of First Baptist Church, past chairman of the Hamilton Democratic Party and active at the state level, a member of the Texas State Bar Association and its foundation and a member and past officer of the Hamilton Masonic Lodge.

His quest for learning about the culture, government and history of foreign countries led them to many places. Jim and Jane enjoyed traveling the world exploring places they'd only read about including China, Russia, Iran, Mexico, Italy and other European countries, Alaska and other American states.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, activities that he shared with his grandson.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at First Baptist Church in Hamilton.