James Laird, Jr. – May 22, 2011

James Laird, Jr., 81, of Amarillo, died Sunday, May 22, 2011.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Llano Cemetery with Dr. G.A. Roach officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Laird was born in Coleman, Texas on October 28, 1929 to James and Lillie Laird.  He graduated from Coleman High School and West Texas State University.  He married Marie Cox on April 24, 1954 in Clyde, Texas.  He joined the Army and was a member of Special Forces during the Korean War receiving a commendation for rescuing survivors of a plane crash in San Antonio.  Jim was the first one to the mess hall and starting the rescue attempts.
After discharge he moved to Amarillo and was in the insurance business and the Physical Director of the YMCA.  He opened Jewelry by J.T. Laird and operated the business until retirement.  Jim was an avid bowler and held several leadership roles in the bowling community.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; sons, David Laird and wife Lisa of Austin, TX, and Robert and wife Lupe of Amarillo; sisters, Inez Floeck, and Dale Martin and husband Chuck, all of Georgetown, TX; brother, Lynn Laird of College Station, TX; and grandchildren, Ashley Laird and Lauren Laird, both of Austin, TX, and Sierra Laird and Arrianna Laird, both of Amarillo, TX.

0 Replies to “James Laird, Jr. – May 22, 2011”

  1. Dear Laird Family,
    I have just learned of James’ death through a Coleman friend and felt I should send my condolences. Since I was a long-time neighbor, I certainly remember the family well. Lynn and I were playmates at a young age, and went all through school together. Also, my brother, Carl, was about the same age as James.
    Please accept my deep-felt sympathy to all concerned, and particularly Lynn, as I remember him fondly.
    With prayers to all,
    Mary Glen Bogenschutz

  2. Jim was a great friend of mine and had bowled on leagues for many years. He helped me in many ways with my bowling. He will truly be missed at the bowling centers.Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Carol Kelly

  3. I was fortunate enough to see Jim a few months ago at Taylor’s at 45th and Western.
    As I walked in he was joking with the clerk and a huge smile.
    I am sad to here of his passing Jim was a fine man and a true friend to me and my family .
    In the 1970’s my dad lost his job and Jim was the only person out of all their friends that called to see if he could help.
    Marie my prayers are with you and the boys
    Love Frog

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