James (Jim) Thomas Honderich

James Honderich
James Honderich

James (Jim) Thomas Honderich, 78, went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 27, 2023.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M., Friday, December 8, 2023, at First Family Church in Amarillo.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Jim was born to the Rev. S.J. and Edna Honderich on December 9, 1944, in Carson City, Michigan. The family moved when Jim was a young child to begin a church in Morgan City, Louisiana where his father preached for many years. He loved his years in southern Louisiana. He told many stories of his summers working on shrimp boats in the Gulf.  Jim had the wonderful opportunity to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God High School in Waxahachie, Texas while his older brother, John, was in college at SWAGU. The brothers had quite a time together in Waxahachie, which led to years of reminiscing and sharing wild stories of their youth together. It truly was a blessed time in Jim’s life.

After high school, Jim entered R.O.T.C. at West Texas State University. It was during college that he met the love of his life, Gaye Baggett, and the two were married March 25, 1967.  After graduating in 1968, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, serving at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM, until his discharge as Captain in 1970.

Jim and Gaye had a beautiful love story spanning 56 years. After the military, the couple welcomed their only child, Jennifer. The young family lived in Dallas, Houston, and Little Rock while Jim worked for the Veterans Administration, before settling in Amarillo in 1978. He worked for the Potter Randall Appraisal District for many years. He and Gaye moved to Pampa, TX in 1990 when Jim took the role of Assistant Chief Appraiser in Gray county. He loved his years in Pampa where he was an avid golfer and very involved in the community, serving in numerous clubs and on various boards and charities. After retirement in 2011, he and Gaye returned to Amarillo to be closer to family. He loved being close and attending church with Troy, Jennifer, and the girls. When his health prevented church attendance, he loved watching Jimmy Evans and Robert Morris on television. God’s Word brought him great encouragement and comfort. One of his favorite times daily was listening to Gaye read the Old Testament over morning coffee.

Jim’s greatest love was people. He valued relationships above all. He had many dear friends from Amarillo and Pampa and kept in touch with old friends from his days in the military and Southwestern. He was the baby of his family and cherished his older sister and brothers and their families. He adored Gaye and their beautiful life together. Jennifer was the light of his life and Troy was the son he never had. The two guys in a family of girls had a very special connection. He loved him dearly. Watching his three precious granddaughters grow into lovely young women who love the Lord was the joy of his life. He loved his new sons-in-law, Josh and Cole, and had great peace knowing his girls would be loved and protected.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. S.J. and Edna Honderich, and sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Scott Hargrove.

Survivors include his wife, Gaye; daughter Jennifer Duck and husband Troy; three granddaughters, Eve Crist and husband Josh, Ella Coppess and husband Cole, and Eliza Duck; two brothers, Joe Honderich and wife Rae, and John Honderich and wife Edwyna; brother-in-law Kenneth Baggett, and many nieces and nephews.

4 Replies to “James (Jim) Thomas Honderich”

  1. Dec. 9th 2023

    Jim, Happy Birthday brother! We are celebrating your 79th as you are in the presence of our Lord!

    I was needing a lifeline in the form of a friend when I came to Southwestern in 1963 and God brought our paths together. From that time on a bond began to form. Even though life took us in different directions we were forever brothers.

    I was blessed to see how God provided you with provision and a beautiful family as years went by. Gaye, Jennifer, Troy, and grand daughters, our prayers for strength are with you!

    I can only imagine our eternal celebration as one big family is only a vapor away!

  2. Gaye & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We pray you all will feel the comfort and peace from God. You and Jim hold a special place in our hearts. Jim was a great person to work for and I will always cherish the memories from the GCAD.
    Love to you all—Parla & Alan

  3. Dear Gaye, Jennifer & girls, Johnny, Joe and families,
    I will always have wonderful memories of the fun we had growing up in Morgan City! Those were the days! Jimmy, as we use to call him, was always a special young man, as well as Johnny & Joe. But their dad and mom, especially, his dad was the most special! I will always remember him as a very special man of God! He had a real burden for the loss and dying world. So much so that he dedicated a great deal of his life to preaching on the street corners of Morgan City, Berwick and New Orleans. His mom was the piano player and always sang the most beautiful songs. Such a dear family in my life. They will always have a special place in my heart! With much love and prayers for the family, Dahleen Brunet Bonner!

  4. I will miss our delightful conversations. I cannot believe I did not get to visit with you one more time. You were a huge blessing to me Jim and will not be forgotten. Please put in a good word for me with our heavenly Father. I will love you always. Great picture of you

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