James Dewitt Meredith, 1944 - 2017
On November 30, 2017, our patriarch, James, who was a loving husband, a great father to his children, an admiring grandpa, a brother, and a friend, passed away and is now sitting on that North Texas front porch with his mama and daddy. God Bless.
Born on the North Texas plains of Olney on February 29, 1944, he was the son of doctor, E.F. Meredith, and Mary E. Beals.
In 1979, James met his loving wife, GG, and her two sons, Daniel and Walton. He adopted and raised the two boys as his own.
He is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers and a sister, six grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
His wife’s tribute to him was written over the past year as his health declined.
James – My husband, My Loving Boy
You will leave me with memories of how you were as a gentleman. Your smile and pretty blue eyes always had that little twinkle of mischief. You encouraged and supported me in my own efforts and made me believe anything was possible. You love your homeland, Texas, and favor going back there for comfort and peace. How strong you have been in these last few years of your life as you tried to hide fighting off the pain and the struggles with memory. I know you love me and will to the very end of your life, your very last breath. I will see your sweet face and beautiful upward smile until I join you. I feel blessed to have been your wife. I will miss you so…G.
Among the many things we most respected about our Dad is that he taught us to treat others as we would want to be treated, to respect others as we would want to be respected, to work not for our own individual needs, but for our family’s needs, and to always try to do the right thing - these are all attributes that are ingrained within each of us and stand as a tribute to the legacy that he passed down to his family.
It's at the point when we lose someone that we realize how much of an impact that person made in our own lives. Simply put, James Dewitt Meredith’s life was so interwoven into the fabric of our own lives that we, his children, wanted to send him final notes of love.
I remember when we first met each other you thought I was a rebellious kid. Probably a lot of truth to it, but then you got to know me, and realized I was just a kid that had had to grow up without a father for quite a while. Over the years, you knew who I was as a person and you and I discovered we were very much the same. I remember when you took me night fishing and the boat engine stopped working. Luckily it started back up. Dad, I’ll never forget when you unconditionally bought me a 1966 Chevelle and surprised me with it. And then there were the times when you and I took trips on the houseboat that you were so proud of. I remember you sitting in your captain’s chair so proud. Who would have ever thought a crosswind would pound down on us as we were attempting to dock it. I relish ever moment we spent together. You took care of all of us and words enough cannot express the love we have for you. I love you Dad! You were the best! Daniel
You’ve meant a lot to me over the years. Growing up, you gave me a chance. You showed me how to succeed in life. You stood up for me and behind me as one of my greatest supporters. You showed me how to be firm, but fair. You taught me countless valuable lessons in life, most importantly, how to be a good and loving father. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you Pops. I will always take comfort in knowing that you were the best father a boy could ever have wished for. I love you Pops. Rest in Peace. Love – Walton
You meant the world to me. No matter what I dreamed of doing, you supported me. I remember when I graduated from college, you asked me to dream big and get my Master’s degree. And I did, just for you. I Dream big every day because of you. Thank you for being the best Dad I could ever have asked for. I wish you were still here but I know that you are no longer in pain and that you are with loved ones. I love you Daddy. - Lisa