James E. Yarbrough, 86, of Galveston, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008, at his residence.
James E. Yarbrough
Malloy & Son Funeral Home
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 19th, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church in Galveston with Rev. Grayson Glass officiating. Burial will follow the service at Galveston’s Lakeview Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening in the Fellowship Hall and Chapel of First Baptist Church.
Jim, also known as Cowboy, was born December 2, 1921, in Splendora, Texas, and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He devoted his life to making a difference in the lives of children, bettering the educational system, and improving the quality of life on his beloved Galveston Island. Jim was a tremendous community activist, having served as President of Junior Baseball; President of the Board of Trustees of Galveston ISD; Chairman of the Wharves Board; Chairman of the Parks Board of Trustees, serving multiple terms; Chairman of the Airport Commission; President of the Jaycees; member of the Board of Directors of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce; named Father of the Year; member of the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board; Director of the U S National Bank/Frost Bank Board of Directors; and also served on the Stewart Beach Board, which was the island’s predecessor to the Parks Board. Jim forever left his mark on Galveston through his work as a contractor in the construction industry. He helped build the first Girl Scout headquarters on the island; was instrumental in the construction of the Pony Colt baseball fields; dug Lake Madeline; paved the roads for Hope Arena which later evolved into Moody Gardens; and raised the elevation of 61st Street to its current level. The landscape of Galveston as we know it today would never have been the same without Jim’s time and talents.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Gloria Hawkins Yarbrough, of Galveston; children: Dana Yarbrough Miller; Janis L. Yarbrough; and James D. Yarbrough and wife, Carol Urbani Yarbrough; grandchildren: Jed Miller, of Austin; Hawk Miller, of Skagway, Alaska; Ashley Yarbrough Dusek, of League City; and Beau Yarbrough, of Austin; and great grandchildren: Adrian, Nathan, and Luke.
Pallbearers will be James D. Yarbrough, Jed Miller, Ashley Yarbrough Dusek, and Beau Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Hawk Miller and the members of the “Gaido’s” Coffee Club, who met since 1946 to debate the great issues of the day.
The Yarbrough family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Jim’s caregivers: Gia Villarreal, Della Stewart, Patricia Johnson, and Dana Allegria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Galveston’s First Baptist Church; the Rosenberg Library; or Hospice Care Team, Inc. of Texas City.