JAMES EDWARD HAIRGROVE, 92, left this world on March 13, 2018 in Houston, TX.  He was born on February 21, 1926 on the family farm in the Buena Vista Community near Timpson, TX, to Wilburn N. and Pearl Burns Hairgrove.  He was the oldest of seven children and attended his first few years of school in Tenaha, TX, moving to the Buena Vista School for 3rd through 8th grades and graduating from Timpson High School in 1943. After a one-year deferment for being the oldest son on a working farm, James Edward served in the US Army in WWII from January 1945 until November 1946.  He trained to invade Japan by land, leaving port the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped.  He became part of the occupation forces on Okinawa, where he guarded Japanese prisoners who he said were just as relieved the war was over as he was.

Upon returning home, James Edward attended classes at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston where he majored in Electrical Engineering while working for Houston Lighting & Power, where he remained for 15 years.

After being introduced by friends from their respective jobs, Jim (as he was known in Houston) and Grace Rehrig (originally of Easton, PA) were married on March 1, 1957 in Houston and were blessed with two children, Kay Ann (1958) and Ronald James (1961). They resided in southeast Houston until moving to Pearland in the early 1970’s to a new home that Jim designed, built and lived in until moving to assisted living in 2016.

Jim became a Master Electrician and Owner of Certified Electric, an electrical contracting company that specialized in residential and small commercial projects.  He and Grace ran the company together for over twenty years before selling the business.  In retirement, Jim began remodeling his weekend home at Lake Murvaul, where the family has spent many happy times together.  His other hobbies included photography and woodworking.

He is survived by his daughter Kay Hairgrove Krenek and husband Wilfred of Houston, TX, daughter-in-law Susan Flournoy Hairgrove and grandson James Colton Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX, sisters Wilma Culp of Lampasas, TX and Frances McIntyre of Timpson, TX, brothers Franklin Hairgrove and Bill Hairgrove, both of Timpson, TX as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Grace, their son Ronald James Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX, his brother Van Hairgrove of Center, TX and sister JoNell Young of Marshall, TX.

A visitation will be held at Crowder’s Funeral Home in Pearland, TX on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:00-8:00 PM.  A second visitation will be held at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, TX on Friday, March 16 from 5:00-7:00 PM followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM, also at Taylor Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery.  Special appreciation to Maria Perales of Pearland, TX, who assisted Jim over the last 18 years and to the caring staff of Fairbanks Court Assisted Living in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his family’s Historic Texas Cemetery, established in 1851 and recognized by the Texas Historical Commission.


Buena Vista Cemetery

c/o Frances McIntyre

3442 CR 4916

Timpson TX  75975-9336


  1. On behalf of Alpha Phi Omega Metro Houston, my heartfelt condolences to the whole family❤️
    May James’ soul rest in eternal peace with our Creator❤️

    Leo Baltazar
    • Heaven gained an angel today! I know he, Aunt Grace and Ronnie are together again and they will all continue to watch over Kay, Wilfred, Susan and Colton. We will miss his stories, wit and humor- he was such a wonderful person. May he rest in peace! xoxo- Allison, Mike, Drew, Brooke and Jackson

  2. Kay and Wilfred: May your dad RIP…prayers for his family and friends…
    Jerry and Jodie Smaistrla (friends of Charlotte and Charlie)

    Jerry Smaistrla
  3. May God be with you and wrap His arms around you for comfort. I will always remember the fun visits and meals we had together and Jim will always remain my favorite fried chicken partner. Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks and today they did. May he rest in peace.

    Bonnie Starkey
  4. My love to you, Kay as you lay your beloved father to rest. Your father sounds like such a dear man–wish I’d had a chance to meet him. Big hugs to you and Wilfred as you say goodbye to this beautiful soul. God bless.

    Donna Collum
  5. Both Jim and Grace were great friends and partners in life for my Dad and Mom. Now in my late fifties myself, you think back to those old days, memories and the good times. I can’t help but think that my Dad (Donald, aka Don or D.J.) Jim and Grace are finally back together in Heaven. The stories that tight group had……….and some of those stories we shall never hear. Yes, they were great friends, through thick and thin.
    My folks had a special bond with them both, cut from a different mold, independent and leaders in their own right, not scared of anything, and also great people of their time to know and work around. They taught us values, helped mentor us, molded us into the people we are today. We loved them and sometimes didn’t understand them, but we worshiped the ground they walked on.
    We say goodbye for now, but not for long as we shall meet again someday.
    My Dad use to say, Jim and Grace were some of “the good ones.”
    God bless them, we were lucky to have them.

    Juanita-Donna-Kevin Owens
  6. Kay and Wilfred, you are both in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I’m so thankful that I was lucky enough to cut Jim’s hair and get to know him. Every single haircut was a joy as he made me laugh and smile. I will miss him greatly. Your Dad is now with your Mom and brother and I know that gives you some comfort. Sending lots of hugs to you both. With all my love, Jessica

    Jessica Graham
  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kay, Wilfred and your family. Thank you for letting us share the legacy of the long wonderful life of your sweet Daddy. Happy memories, fun times, shared moments, the love of friends and family… may these grant you peace and comfort. Our love, Dicky and Linda Hall

    Linda Hall
  8. Dear Kay and Wilfred
    The priests, deacons and staff of St Maximililian’s church share our condolences of your loss of a wonderful loving Dad! Our prayers are with you and your family! And may his soul rest in the love of our heavenly Father!
    Fr Johnkha

    Fr Johnkha
  9. Dear Kay,

    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Knowing you all these years tells me your father was a loving and gentle man. May God pour out His grace upon you and your family at this time. We lift you up in prayer.

    Steve & Julie Chenn

    Steve Chenn
  10. Dear Kay & Wilfred & Family,
    We are praying for you and that our Lord will welcome your daddy into his heavenly kingdom with open arms!
    Cathleen White Hart

    Cathleen Hart

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