James “Jimmy” Edward Ramirez Sr., 85, began his heavenly life Friday, Jan. 4, 2020. He was born April 15,1934 in Gregory-Portland to the late Santiago and Beatrice Perez Ramirez.
James served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He worked at Alcoa Manufacturing as a mechanic for many years until his retirement. He had a sense of humor that could lighten the room. He loved making people laugh. He enjoyed fishing and was a part-time shrimper. He served as a Sunday school teacher at Central Baptist Church and also attended Six Mile Assembly of God Church. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather.
James is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dora B. Ramirez; sons, Fabian Ramirez (Teresa), Richard “Ricky” Ramirez (Prissy), Robert “Bobby” Ramirez (Gloria) and Aaron Ramirez and fiancé, Patricia Chavana; brothers, David Ramirez (Lola), John Ramirez (Jane), Sammy Ramirez (Deborah Parker) and Frank Ramirez (Margaret); his sisters, Irene Roberts (Frank) and Guadalupe Millis; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews and loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Santiago Ramirez and Beatrice Perez Dybala; son, James E. Ramirez Jr.; and brother-in-law, Bob Millis.
James’ family and friends will gather for visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, with a worship service starting at 7 p.m. at Grace Funeral Chapel, 1604 W. Austin Street in Port Lavaca. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Central Baptist Church, 1900 W Main Street in Port Lavaca. Burial will follow at Port Lavaca Cemetery.
Honoring James by serving as pallbearers will be James Edward Ramirez III, Robert “Bobby” Ramirez, Aaron Ramirez, Derek Zamora, Christian Zamora and Klayton Garza. Honorary pallbearers are Mingo Balboa and Gilbert Balboa.
Thoughts and memories may be shared online at www.gracefuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Chapel –Port Lavaca.