S: James Thomas Davis August 19, 1938 - November 9, 2011
BC: Well done, JT. Your boots will be hard to fill. We love & miss you! Laura Davis Rice & Carolyn Davis Kennedy
FC: Standing Tall Memories of Jim Tom Davis
1: James Thomas Davis was born August 19, 1938 in Lubbock, TX to J. William and Edwena Davis | He was named after his grandfather, James Thomas Davis. His family and friends growing up called him Jim Tom. He went by Jim as an adult. We called him JT or Bubba | James Thomas Davis & his namesake grandfather James Thomas Davis | Baby James, his mother (standing), his grandmother (Maggie), and his great-grandfather (George Parkhouse) holding him. His father and Aunt Margaret are in the background.
2: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents | James Thomas | James William Davis | Maggie Belle Parkhouse | James Thomas Davis | Edwena Shain Barnes | Uta Alice Willson | George Parkhouse | Georgia Valona Swan | Emmaline Todd Parkhouse | Isaac Barnes | Susannah Hill Barnes | Carolyn | Don | Edwin Bruce Barnes
3: James with Daddy, Mama, and Baby Sister Carolyn 1940 | 1939
4: Christmas 1938 with the Barneses Cousin Sandra and Jim Tom (right) as babies. (left) George & Donna Barnes (right) Edwena & William Davis (back) George Parkhouse Maggie & E. B. Barnes
6: Mama with Jim Tom and Carolyn 1940 Jim Tom and Carolyn hold Brother Don's hands by a friend's flowers | Daddy and Jim Tom
7: Don came along in Dec 1943 Mother loved to have pictures made by flowers. There were in our side yard. William, Carolyn, Don, Edwena, and Jim Tom
8: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | Jim and his Mom - 1940 Big Snow March 1940 | Son
9: May 1940 on horse November 1940 portrait Summer 1942 with sister Carolyn on horse | Photographers would bring these horses into Lubbock at times for parents to pay to have their children's picture taken. Very exciting for children.
10: (above) Jim Tom;'s 5th Birthday Party! August 1944-Don wasn't too happy! (right) Christmas 1942 (top) Daddy & Jim Tom-Christmas 1944
11: (above) August 1945 7th Birthday Party (right) 1946 Christmas Gifts JT Don and Carolyn | Birthdays & Christmases
13: Jim Tom's new bike. Daddy built our sandbox | Auntie Mable & Ben's
14: My big brother Jim Tom played many roles in his lifetime, but the ones I look back on with nostalgia were from our childhood. The firstborn, he took on the role of my guardian when I was born. He helped Mother watch me, held my hand as soon as I could walk, taught me how to ride a tricycle, and in general kept the monsters at bay. It was only when our little brother Don grew to about ten years old that the dynamics changed. Boys will fight; I refereed. My informal job was to get between my older brother and my younger brother and try to keep the peace when our parents were away. It was next to impossible. I would get, “He started it” from both sides. Sometimes, when I put myself between them physically, I was in peril. Like the time Jim Tom threw Don into the wall. Try explaining that hole to Mother and Daddy when they returned! Jim Tom led the way for Don and me in lots of ways. He was the first to get a job. He was a basket boy at the local swimming pool where Mother took us all to swim. By the time Don was working, Jim Tom had become a life guard and a swimming teacher. He sold
15: concessions at the Tech football games as a teen. He advanced to Assistant Manager of a city pool, then was Manager. He always had spending money, but he rarely spent it; he saved. Jim Tom had started in band in junior high school. He played the tuba all through high school. Actually, he was a little bit of a dork back then - being too shy to ask a girl out and too embarrassed to socialize. Jim Tom looked pretty good though. He was very tall and blond. He was muscular, keeping in shape by being on the Lubbock Swim Team. He wore a flat top—the phrase then for very short hair that stood on end. Mama made him take dance lessons and join the teen dance club, but if he went at all, he probably stood in the corner or hid out in the bathroom. | Manager of Rogers Pool-1961
16: x | JT's first car | Jim Tom was the first to get a car, of course. Our great aunt willed her car to him—a Studebaker. That car gave him his ultimate freedom. He went away to work in the summers. He and Jack Shipley took jobs with the Forest Service to work at fire watch outposts in Oregon. I believe these summer jobs, along with his time in the Army, changed his life, When Jim Tom graduated from Tom S. Lubbock High School, Daddy advised him to join the Army. There was a six-month program offered then, so Jim Tom went off to El Paso—Fort Bliss. He had learned independence and earned some self-respect by working in the forests. In the Army he learned discipline and more self-respect. He learned that he didn't want his life's work to be either in the forests or in the Army. He wanted to be educated.
17: Band 1956 | With Grandmother Davis on camping trip
18: Education was the byword in our family. All four of our grandparents were college graduates—an almost unheard-of accomplishment in the early part of the century. Jim Tom entered Texas Technological College to study history. He was awarded a scholarship to be on the Tech swim team and later became the team captain. He set Border Conference records in free style that stood for years. He even made the Dean's List a few times. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in History, having made the Dean's List a few times. Jim Tom went to Louisiana State University and earned a Master's degree in Political Science, graduating in 1965. It was at LSU that JT met and later married Lynn Powell. She too was from Lubbock, and they knew each other but had never dated. After graduation, they moved to Wichita Falls where he was the swim coach and Lynn was the tennis coach at WFHS. He then joined the FBI. The FBI later transfered him to Spokane, WA, where he spent the remainder of his career. He and Lynn had 3 children: Kyle William, Laura Lynn and Dana Carol. JT and Lynn divorced, and he later married Sandra Kay in1997. They were married until Sandy died in 2010. Bereft, JT never was able to make a life for himself after Sandy's death. He died on November 9, 2011.
19: But the middle part of the story, the time of growing up, was a time of relative innocence—there were no bad guys then. In the fifties, we might have worried that the atom bomb would fall, but basically we didn't worry much. We dreamed. We played with the 20+ kids on our block: Follow the Arrow, Hide and Seek, and made-up games. We watched the stars on a blanket at night. We told ghost stories. We listened to western music on the radio, and the family gathered on the floor beside the radio in the evenings to listen to stories. We read comic books. We roller skated and rode bikes. The boys played with trucks and toy soldiers. We read books or Daddy read them to us when we were confined to our beds with the measles or chicken pox. We memorized poetry and recited it for Daddy. We went to church, Sunday School and MYF. The boys mowed the lawn, the family painted the fence, and we all picked up pecans in the Fall. We helped tend a neighborhood Victory Garden in the forties. We took long family vacations in the car each summer, eventually seeing about 35 states. It was a time of sweetness and security. It was a happy time in a happy family. It was a time that God smiled on our family—a time perhaps Jim Tom recreated for his own children. - Carolyn Davis Kennedy
20: Davis Grandson with Carolyn
21: Barnes Grandson with Sandra
22: Big Brother
26: Front View Padre Island | Big Spring-Wilsons' | Aug, 2011 | A l a s k a | Bro
29: Random Shots through the Years
30: Folks took us on a cruise 1986 | Kennedys' pool 1991 | Barnes Reunion 1996
31: Brother-in-law, uncle, cousin. nephew
32: Friend | 23rd Street Gang
34: US Army 1956 | US Army Active Duty (1956-1957) Reserves (1957-1964) | Soldier
36: 1959 Swim Team Captain at Texas Tech University Held conference record in freestyle for many years. | Swimmer
38: Hunter & Fisherman
41: Texas Tech ID Card LSU Athletic ID Card
44: FBI Agent Training 1966
45: July 1986 -- Jim with the Director of the FBI, William Webster.
46: From JT's Resume: FBI 7/5/1966 - 8/19/1995 Training in crime scene searches and investigations, firearms, interpersonal violence (sex crimes), death investigations, interviewing/interrogation, child abuse and exploitation, confrontational management, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), federal, state and tribal jurisdiction regarding crimes on Indian Reservations, drugs, white collar crimes and civil rights
47: For work as an FBI agent, JT wore a suit and carried a badge, handcuffs and a gun. At home, this was his typical look. Either way, he was a handsome man. LDR
48: Dog Lover
49: Tasha & Abby Don't know the dogs with Jim Tom in the old days.
50: Don's Belle, Tasha & Abby After Sandy died, JT's constant companion was their cat Rocky, | Frosty loved to hunt! JT trained him in the back yard with a fishing pole and feathers. He said Frosty would cover the countryside to find a bird.
51: Dad would load up the children from the neighborhood into his green station wagon, strap sleds onto the top of the car, and take them all sledding many times each winter! LDR | He loved to ski--with Dana especially, but with friends and even Carolyn | Skier
52: Munder & Fader Visited Spokane
54: Davises Visited Texas | from Laura When we were young, we would drive to Texas from Washington state to see our grandparents. We saw many places in the United States riding in the back of a car or the pick-up. Mom and Dad liked to expose us to all kinds of adventures, activities, and places. I know we didn't appreciate it at the time, but they really exposed us to so many sights to see in the western United States. As much as we three children wanted to pick on each other in the back of the truck, these are fond memories of bonding for us, and I'm sure it is part of why we are so close. In the back of the truck (this was before seatbelt laws), Dad made us a bed, put a fan in there, and added an intercom system for us to say, "are we there yet?". | King and Kyle Summer of 1967
56: Daddy's girls | Kyle William 2/17/67 Laura Lynn 11/27/68 Dana Carol 10/6/71
58: My dad was the kind of father who played with us in the driveway and taught us how to play many sports. He taught us to ride bikes and so much more. This is dad with me (Laura) above. He also made us do yard-work, carry in the wood for the fireplace, keep our rooms clean, have chores around the house and respect our parents. He was both very loving yet appropriately strict.
60: Love Again | Jim married Sandy in 1997 & he bought a new house.
61: August 1995 Retirement from the FBI
62: Grand Dad
63: Jacob, Josh, Jessica, Jared, Caden, Darby, and Piper
65: Grand dad and Darby | Good-bye
66: This is the view from the porch of the house JT had bought in a retirement village. He would have loved this home and was excited to move in. He had picked out all the interior decor, and the home was almost complete. His children, Don, and Carolyn visited his new home when he was in the hospital and just stood on his porch looking at this view and knowing how it would have been the perfect home for him. Both beautiful and sad. this is where he wanted to live out his final years., watching the birds and deer. He was always happiest when close to nature.
67: After dad's stroke, we spent three weeks by his side in the hospital. We had high hopes and truly believed until the end that he would make it. Kyle, Laura, & Dana
68: When Don and I heard the news of his stroke, we both flew out the next day to be with him. We spent several days, visiting him in the hospital, with Don telling his bro to "Cowboy up." | We stood by him until his final breaths just as he stood by us our whole lives... Kyle, Laura, Dana