Jimmie Rodgers Sturrock, born on March 5, 1930, peacefully left this world on November 25, 2023, at the age of 93 in Abilene, on what would have been his and Peggy's 63rd wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy Sturrock, who passed away on July 20, 2020, Jimmie was the cherished son of Thomas Elton Sturrock and Samantha Sargent Sturrock, and was born at home, just outside of Colmesneil, Texas.
Being the youngest of 10 children, with seven brothers and two sisters, Jimmie is survived by his loving sister, Alma Effie Sturrock Nowlin Jones of Lufkin, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and generations of greats and great greats.
Jimmie's journey through life was unique from the start, as he insisted on starting school (in the one room schoolhouse) in 2nd grade, rather than in 1st grade like most children. Yet, his infectious personality and strong bonds with his friends led him to decline the opportunity to move up a grade, stating, "I have friends, I'm staying right where I am." After graduating, Jimmie was asked to step in as a substitute teacher while the regular teacher was ill, showcasing his natural talent for education. Despite this promising start, Jimmie eventually returned to his family farm to work alongside his loved ones.
While attending Stephen F. Austin University, Jimmie's thirst for knowledge, love of music and penchant for adventure took him and his friends on exciting journeys. They would travel with their band from town to town, hitching rides, or walking, getting there any way they could to play their music.
In 1954, Jimmie joined the United States Air Force, dedicating four years of his life to serving his country. Stationed in Guam for nine months, he worked in accounting and conducted interviews with new recruits, always eager to see more of the world around him.
It was during his time in Abilene, Texas, that Jimmie's path crossed with Peggy's at the downtown library. Their connection was instant, and their love story began, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
Although they did not have children of their own, Jimmie's passion for learning and genuine love for children led him to teach math at Madison Jr. High in Abilene during the school year. In the summers, he dedicated his time to the city, working and sharing his wisdom with the younger generation. His commitment to mentoring and guiding children extended far beyond the classroom, as Jimmie and Peggy always found ways to uplift and support kids throughout their community.
Jimmie had a profound love for nature and spent countless hours tending to his garden and enjoying the great outdoors. His green thumb and unwavering enthusiasm for gardening brought joy to his heart and beauty to the world around him.
As we mourn the loss of a compassionate, supportive, and dear friend, let us remember Jimmie as the kind-hearted soul he was, spreading love and wisdom wherever he went. His legacy will forever live on in the lives he touched and the lessons he imparted.
A funeral service to honor Jimmie's remarkable life will be held at 2:00 PM on December 4, 2023, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South.
Jimmie Sturrock will forever be remembered for his compassion, love for education, dedication to the younger generation, and his zest for life. He will be deeply missed by all who have the privilege of knowing him. May his soul find eternal peace.
The family suggests memorial donations in Jimmie's honor to Meals on Wheels or Hospice of the Big Country.