Jim was a member of Dexter High School class of 59 and earned a degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri University. Jim served his country in the United States Air Force, and he retired from Brooks AFB Department of Human Resources Laboratory in 1997. Jim was a 40-year-member of the Master Masons, Blue Bonnet Lodge. He was also a lifelong Methodist and a member of the University United Methodist Church for 16 years. Jim actively served in the church as a volunteer with Vacation Bible School and the Prayer Ministry and was active in Believers Sunday School Class and the Emmaus Community. Jim was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and was scoutmaster of Troop 288 for many years and a member of The Order of the Arrow. Jim was a member of The Next Level men's bible study at Oak Hills Church and a member of the Bamboo Club. He loved being outdoors and was an avid vegetable gardener and a lover of dogs. Jim never met a person or a dog he didn't like. It brought him great pleasure to create crosses and fish from horseshoe nails and give them away. On May 17, 2009 Jim received a lung transplant and the family would like to thank the medical teams at University Hospital and CTRC for their loving care. Jim was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother. Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda K. Brazel; son, Chris Brazel of Northport, Ala. and son, Craig Brazel and his wife Yvonne and grandchildren, Etta and Jati, all of St. Louis; sister, Reba Ward of Bell City; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Pam Kruse of Dexter.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to University United Methodist Church, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232. (210) 495-8221.