James Earl “Squeeky” Coutorie III

In Loving Memory of    James Earl “Squeeky” Coutorie III

James Earl Coutorie III, known as Squeeky to his family and friends, passed away in Fairfield, TX on April 4, 2024 at the age of 65. He leaves behind a legacy of love for his family and cherished memories that will forever be etched in our hearts.

Squeeky was born on December 23, 1958 in Abilene, TX to Ruth Rainey Coutorie and James Earl Coutorie Jr. (Nick). He grew up in La Marque, TX and lived the majority of his life in that area, including Texas City and League City. Anyone that knew him knew he was a man of many talents. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was a big car guy who had a passion for classic cars and hot rods, and he restored several of his own over the years.

In 1978, he went to work for Texas City Welding Supply and in 1980 he worked for K&M Tools. In 1983, he started his career at Amoco, later known as BP and Marathon, as an operator where he spent the next 33 years in various roles throughout the refinery. He made a significant impact in his field, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers. His dedication, perseverance, and unwavering work ethic were an inspiration to all who had the privilege of working alongside him. He retired “for good” in 2016. In 2020, he moved to the family property near Buffalo, TX where he spent his final years of life.

Aside from his many talents and the many hobbies he enjoyed, what he cherished most in life was his family. He was a devoted father to his children, and a doting PawPaw to 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandbaby.

He is survived by his father James Earl Coutorie Jr. (Nick), sister Angela Kathka, and husband Warren, sister Jeanne Tyler, and husband Rickey, children James Earl Coutorie IV, Jonathan Coutorie and wife Leah, Natalie Coutorie and fiancé Blake Adams, Kimberly George, grandchildren Jamie, Amelia, Ayva, Jonathan Jr., Ruthy, Faith, great-grandchild Josie, Man’s Best Friend, Dazy.

He is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Rainey Coutorie, brother Darrell Belyeu, mother-in-law Evelyn Sheppard, mother-in-law Dot Bradford and Man’s Best Friends, Charlie, Lucy and Amigo.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. at James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Avenue, La Marque, Texas 77568, with Jodie Sanders officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Squeeky’s name to the Lighthouse For The Blind, a hospice organization of your choice, or an animal shelter of your choice.



  1. Jeanne and family, I was sorry to hear about Squeeky.
    May God bring you comfort and solace that only He can.
    Love and prayers, Karen (Walter) Gallardo

    Karen Gallardo
    • Thank you Karen. We grieve but do so with HOPE! Love you!

      Jeanne Tyler
  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I spent alot of time with James at the RHU/CFHU.

    David"super Dave McLane
  3. Nick and Family ,I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Lynda Stubblefield
  4. My deepest condolences and sympathies for such a beautiful family during this time of loss and transitioning without their loved one. I love you all, Prayers for peace; may the Lord wrap you all in his loving embrace and deliver you from this sadness. RIP

    (Friend of James E. Coutorie IV & family)


    Alecia Curtis
  5. I am so sorry for the loss of our beloved Friend. I am Sending love and prayers. I have so many memories of Squeaky. He and Angela were Joanie’s first playmates. He was such a good friend, A wonderful son, brother, and Dad. He loved his family so much. He was loved by all who knew him. He will surely be missed. RIP SWEET BOY. Susie

    Susie Silk

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