Jimmy Joe Waits
March 10, 1942  -  January 29, 2019

Jimmy Joe Waits


Memorial Service
Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 Hwy 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, February 2, 2019
2:00 p.m.
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I served in the Army.

Jimmy Joe Waits – Residing in Abilene, Texas passed on January 29, 2019 at age 76. A memorial service will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South in Abilene on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

He is survived and will be forever remembered by his wife of 56 years, Linda Waits; his son, Jeff of Abilene; and his daughter, Melissa of Abilene. Three grandchildren, Briana Phillips, Casey Waits, Collin Waits and wife Bailey; and four great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his mother, Ruby Grizzle; brother, Gerald Don Waits; brother, Charles Waits; and sister, Barbara Ballew.

Jimmy was born in Blum, Texas on March 10, 1942. Jimmy served in the Army from 1960-1962. He was honorably discharged, when his father passed, to return home to care for his mother. He married Linda Frailin in 1962. They lived in Bedford, Texas before moving to Abilene where they have resided for 47 years.

After marring Linda, Jimmy worked full time for Mrs. Bairds in Ft.Worth and attended night classes for 10 years to be able to receive a diploma and better provide for his family.
Jimmy was great man of character. His family and providing for them was of utmost importance to him. He was very committed to family and the relationships with each. He spoiled his children and very much spoiled his grandchildren. Always going to any length necessary to provide a need.

In his career as a boot salesman he worked for Nacoma boots for 27 years and Corral Boots for 18 years until his retirement in 2018. During his career in the boot industry Jimmy received sales awards but what he considered the greater accomplishments are the lifelong friendships that he made through the years.

In our hearts we will continue to love Jimmy and celebrate his life.

Many thanks to Hendrick Medical Center ICU staff and to Hendrick Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Jimmy and family during this time of need.

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  1. Linda Coniglio vautrain
    Benbroou, TX

    Sympathy to your wife and family. Went to school with Jimmy for many years.

  2. Jackie and Linda Bourgeois
    Huntsville, AL

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Jim’s family. He was a great friend.

  3. John & Marylyn Womble and family
    Midlothian, TX

    We are remembering all the great times our family had with Jim, Linda, Jeff and Melissa throughout school years and activities, including MANY baseball games. Jim was a great friend when we lived in Abilene and we will miss him. Our prayers are with Linda, Jeff,and Melissa. God bless you.

  4. Clyde Windom
    Quitman, TX

    Melissa & Family, So sorry I can be there today, but will have you in my prayers. What a great person & great friend . I am so glad Jimmy Joe was part of my life. We will meet again!!

  5. Silvia Alvarez
    Bellevue, WA

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Take care of yourself.

  6. Greg Sones
    Hammond, LA

    Prayers for the family during this difficult time. RIP Mr.Jim you will be missed.

  7. Jill West Hogg
    Stephenville, TX

    I will forever cherish the friendship I had with Jim. He taught me everything I needed to know about selling boots, he helped me be successful. He always had my back, I still called him when I needed a little boost. He was an amazing man and friend I will miss him dearly. I love you Jim, RIP.

  8. Jill West Hogg
    Stephenville, TX

    I will forever cherish the friendship I had with Jim. He taught me everything I needed to know about selling boots, he helped me be successful. He always had my back, I still called him when I needed a little boost. He was an amazing man and friend I will miss him dearly. I love you Jim, RIP.

  9. Brenda Watkins
    Fort Worth, TX

    My Deepest Sympathy & Condolences To Jimmy's Family & Friends....Rest In Eternal Love & Peace Jimmy~

  10. Bruce Stidham
    Monroe, LA

    Will miss our phone calls and my dear friend this leaves a big hole in my heart love you Jimmy Joe









  11. Carolyn & Dickie anderton
    Bedford, TX

    Jimmy, You were one of the most loved & dearest cousins we could have ever wished for..whenever we got to see you it was always a wonderful time...we will always love you & miss your wonderful smile but most of all you will forever be remembered in our hearts...

  12. Dolores Marquez
    Richland Hills, TX

    My deepest sorrow. 🙏 for you and all your family 😘

  13. Arthur Megginson
    Abilene, TX

    Thank you for your service to our country sir. RIP sir!!

  14. Chuck Kitterman
    Coppell, TX

    I will be there.

  15. Stacey Alexander
    Lake Mary, FL

    Melissa & family,
    You are in my thoughts & prayers through this very difficult time. I love you Melissa and am so sorry I cannot be there for you. Hugs my beautiful friend

  16. Barbara Holt
    Abilene, TX

    We thought the world of Mr. Waits. His smile always brighten the shop and his love for his fuzzy babies made us smile with him. My prayers are with his family at this time.

  17. Judy Hoover
    Dallas, TX

    My sincere condolences.
    Jimmy will be missed by his loving family and friends he has touched over the years. 💔

  18. Dena Cooper
    Houston, TX

    Condolences to Melissa and her family. I did not know Jim personally but I felt like I did through Melissa. She could never say enough good things about her Daddy and I know he loved her very much. I love you Melissa and know that I am here for you.

  19. Tedra Kennemur-Harrell
    Abilene, TX

    Melissa you did him proud...prayers for u all.
    Love you
    Jo'Ann and Tedra

  20. Kristi Roberts
    Abilene, TX

    I’m so very sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. If there’s anything I can do, just let me know
    Love
    Kristi Roberts

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