Jimmie W. Laird, 72, passed away July 5, 2004, at Triumph Hospital North Houston. He was born September 14, 1931 in Honey Island, Texas, to Ben S. and Radie Moye Laird.
Jim attended the University of Houston, and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad after 40 years service.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Maudena Laird and Rhoda Mae Mullins; three brothers: Ben, Jr., Thomas D. and Harold, and nephew, Curtis Mullins. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann of Conroe, TX; sister, Doris Henley and Her husband, Bill, of Houston; brother, William S. Laird and wife, Betty, of Navasota, TX; sister-in-law, Jean Boyd of Cypress, TX; three nephews, Tim Laird, of Manvel, TX, Bill Laird, Jr., of Navasota, TX, and Michael Laird, of Pearland, TX; eight nieces, Diane Clay of Houston, Patricia Locke of Rockdale,TX, Susan Thomson of Grapeland, TX, Rebecca Chance of Center, TX, Cindy Brown of Houston, TX, Linda Anderson of Conroe, TX, Debra DeKerlagand of Wallis, TX, Candace Heyn of Harlingen, TX. He is also survived by a number of great nephews and nieces as well as several great-great nephews and nieces, and many friends and relatives.
Jim was active for many years in the Houston Primitive Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Upon retirement from the railroad in 1991, Jim became interested in family genealogy, and became very adept at restoring old family pictures for friends and relatives. He was a member of the Montgomery County Genealogy and Historical Society, and contributed many hours to the Montgomery County Genealogy Library.
Services will be held at Cashner Funeral Home, Thursday, July 8, at 12:30 p.m. Elder Gerald Read and Brother Frank McMillan will conduct the service. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Garden Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bill Laird, Jr., Michael Thomson, Gary Clay, Tim Laird, Jody Wren, and Casey Locke. Honorary pallbearers are Ken Anderson, Harvey Brown, Wendell Chance, Jack Enloe, and Michael Laird.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Genealogy Library, 104 I45 N., Conroe, TX; American Cancer Society, Assistance League of Montgomery County, 126 N. San Jacinto St., Conroe, TX 77301 or to any charity of your choice.