James Don Greathouse
James Don Greathouse
July 27, 1944 - January 29, 2021
James Don Greathouse, Dad, Pawpaw, Uncle Donnie, Coach and friend, was taken home to heaven on January 29, 2021 at the age of 76 after a long battle with end-stage renal failure. James was born July 27, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to Pattie Ruth (Norris) and James Frank Greathouse. He grew up in the small town of Kemp, Texas in Kaufman County where he graduated high school in 1962. He married Linda Lamar Knowles in 1964 and, together, they attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University Commerce) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966. After graduating, he and Linda moved back to Kemp. James began his teaching career with Dallas ISD before accepting a position at Kemp High School where he remained for the next ten years. He taught Biology and Chemistry and also coached Athletics. He had a passion for teaching and coaching and often spoke fondly of his students and athletes. While teaching, James continued his education until he attained his Master of Science in 1970. In 1969, James and Linda were blessed with a son, James Duff, and in 1973, a daughter, Janie Ruth, completed their family.
James and Linda bought the family-owned commercial door hardware business from Linda’s father, A.T. Knowles, in 1977. He remained as President of the company until 1999 when son, Duff and his wife, Brenda, bought the company and James took a back seat. He retired completely in 2011.
James had a heart for community service. After leaving the teaching profession, he continued to keep the best interest of local youth through service on the Board of Trustees for Kemp ISD for 23 years. Many of those years he served as Board President. James was active in his local church most of his life. He accepted Christ as a teenager and was ordained a deacon in First Baptist Church, Kemp in 1970. Throughout the years, James and Linda have enjoyed working with and teaching in church youth groups. They taught various age groups in Sunday School and promoted a puppet ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Kemp. He is a current member of First Baptist Church, Olney, where he continued to actively serve as a deacon until his health deteriorated a few years ago.
James would always say his favorite moments were spent watching his children and grandchildren participate in their favorite activities, including church programs, sports, gymnastics, cheerleading, and band. He had a very competitive spirit and was always coaching (even from the stands). He was an avid vacationer and loved traveling the United States with his family. His favorite place was the mountains and he also loved visiting the national parks. His family never sat down to a meal without hands held and a prayer of blessing given by Dad. He will be dearly missed by his family. Go rest high, Pawpaw.
James is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Linda Greathouse; son, Duff and wife, Brenda of Wichita Falls; daughter, Janie Ruth and husband, Brad Green of Olney; grandchildren, Clay, Henry (Hank) and Asa Greathouse and Ty, Madelyn and Sarah Green; his dear sister, Barbara Jedlicka of Kemp, nieces, a nephew, other loving family members and many more friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Pat and Frank Greathouse, Linda’s mother and father, Lucille and A.T. Knowles, and his brother-in-law, Don Jedlicka.
The funeral service will be a private memorial for family only (due to the Covid19) and will be held at First Baptist Church in Olney with Chad Edgington, pastor, officiating. The funeral service will be shown on the First Baptist Church Olney YouTube link on Wednesday, February 3rd at 2:00 pm and remain available on the site for later viewing. The link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwUC-hYtxlvq3_XgabEUtg. Interment will follow in Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
It would honor the family and James’ memory if, in lieu of flowers, you would consider a contribution to one of the following:
• Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, TX 76374
• First Baptist Church of Kaufman will be naming the Worship Arts wing after a dear family member, Jimmy Polk. Please consider a donation to the wing by mailing a check to FBC Kaufman, 2000 W. Fair Street, Kaufman, TX 75142 or online at www.fbckaufman.org/give-online
Hospice of Wichita Falls was a blessing to our father and many other families who need comfort care for their loved ones nearing the end of life. To give, visit www.howf.org/donate