James Harold Folkerts


James Harold Folkerts
James Harold Folkerts

James Harold Folkerts, 77, of Amarillo, TX died on July 12, 2021.

Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Encounter Church, 200 Tascosa Rd., with Jerry Davis officiating.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born December 24, 1943, in Iowa Falls, IA to George and Grace Folkerts.  At the age of 6, James moved with his parents to Donna, TX, where they would stay until James finished his education from Donna High School.  James then moved to Edina, MO to continue farming with his family.

He married Barbara Ann Hathaway on June 13, 1964.  After they married, they continued to live in Knox County, MO until July 1974, when they purchased a farm in Dalhart, TX.  He farmed and traded tractor equipment until he went to work for Hill Tractor and Equipment in Dalhart. He worked there for eleven years before spending the last several years of his career as a self-employed truck driver.   On November 21, 2001, James’ role in life changed to needing constant care.  His wife, Barbara became his full time caregiver until March 2012, when he became a resident of The Craig Nursing Home.

James and Barbara had just celebrated their 57th anniversary.  He loved his wife and kids, but nothing made him more proud than his grandkids and great-grandkids. They were always sure to put a smile on their Papa’s face.

His hobbies included cars, boats, motorcycles, trucks, and tractors.  The faster the better!  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

James was very brave and fought long and hard!  He was a Godly man, husband, great father, grandad, and so much more.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Folkerts,  of Amarillo, TX; children, James Folkerts and wife Beverly of Bushland, TX, Deanna Walker and husband David of Springer, NM, Staci Folkerts of Georgetown, TX, and Rebecca Hatfield and husband Jeff of Vega, TX; his grandchildren, Wyatt Walker, Shelby Brockman and husband Seth, Aunna Kate Donais and husband John, Keagan Hayden and husband Levi, Colton Marrs, Macee Buchanan and husband Kameron, Bentlee Hatfield, and Braxton Mathson and wife Addie; and his great-grandchildren, Piper and Grayson Hayden, Rhett and Boone Walker, Asher, William James, Tinley, and Charlie Ann Donais, and baby Brockman on the way.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to any cancer research.

18 Replies to “James Harold Folkerts”

  1. Peace and comfort to you and your family with the passing of your father Rebecca. May you’ll find joy in the morning with the precious memories you have of your dad. ✝️🙏

  2. Your precious family has been par of my life for many years and I feel blessed in reuniting and being able to share this time with you know that I love you and can just see Megan joyful reunion with James!!! Come visit when you can. Much love Sandra

  3. Barbara and family I am so sorry to hear of James passing. May God comfort you during this time.

  4. Dear Family,
    My first memory of the Folkerts Family and James was walking by the family room and seeing your family praying for James the night he got sick. I’ll never forget that night. You made an impression on me as a family. I have prayed for you often over these years. I am sorry to hear of James’ passing. You will continue to be in my prayers.
    Your Chaplain,
    Melissa Griswold.

  5. So sorry to hear of James passing. It’s been years since we talked but we remember good times when we were neighbors on Hwy 87..🤗 sending love to you all at this time . Ron and Bev Toews and family

  6. Barbara and family so sorry to hear of James’s passing. He always seemed to have a good outlook of life!
    May our Lord bless and comfort you all.
    🙏 for you all.

  7. we have known james & barbara for 9 years as co-resident & co-caregiver. I’ll remember how james would always go out exploring in his electric wheelchair – pretty much in any weather. sometimes he would run off the sidewalk & he and the chair would tip over – but he’d be right back outside the next day!
    barbara was the most wonderful wife & caregiver. she was out at the nursing home more than i was – and she was always helping everyone else as well as james. she would also help the staff. even when the staff didn’t show the appreciation she deserved, barbara still continued to help everyone & everywhere. she & i did a lot of commiserating and sharing when we got frustrated with the care our spouse was getting (we rightly demanded the best for our loved one) sometimes we ganged up on the directors when we really needed to get their attention! but for 9 years (and several more at home) barbara was a faithful servant to james and to many others. barbara, you have been a blessing to many of us. we remember james, and we honor you.
    you shall be called blessed.

    breathe a heavy sigh, thank God for 57 years with wonderful james & go play with the grandkids!

    you have an amazing family – so many visits & so much support from them over the years – bringing church to the nursing home, filling in when you couldn’t be there. you & james did a great job being parents!

    lana & jim mckee

    1. Jim and Lana! Such precious words, thank you! You all have walked quite a journey together. ❤️
      Love y’all and pray for you often!

  8. It is with great sadness that I read of his passing. May your family find the peace and solitude one needs at times like this.

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