James Robert Byam, Sr., our dear Dad, Peep, Brother, and Friend went to be with the Lord and his precious wife on Sunday, August 19, 2007. Jim was a loyal son of his home state of Ohio, where he was born on December 19, 1930 in Elyria, but he grew to love his adopted home of Texas, as well.
He came to Texas when the Army assigned him to Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, TX in 1950. There he met the young lady who would become his wife of 55 years, Peggy Wooldridge. Jim and Peggy began their lives together in Mineral Wells, but they soon moved to Waco, so he could attend Baylor University. He earned his B.A. in Romantic Languages. His love of learning and the desire to become a Civil Engineer led them to Austin, where Jim became a proud Longhorn. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering.
In 1957, he was initiated into the Masons and was ordained as a Baptist Minister. Although he worked in many professional settings, he spent most of his career with the U. S. Department of H.U.D. Throughout these years, they lived in Arlington, San Antonio, and Pipe Creek.
After retirement, their family was thrilled for them to return to the Arlington area to be close to their children and grandkids.
Jim’s interests and hobbies varied, but he approached them all with a passion. Some of his favorite pastimes included woodworking, pets, listening to gospel and bluegrass music, and fishing.
He also loved to play golf, pool, ping-pong, and a mean game of kick the can. Family camping trips were probably some of his most precious memories, and you could always count on Peep for a game of dominoes, especially if he were winning!
Survivors include sisters, Mary Byam Bauer and Eleanor Heling Folley, both of Elyria; daughters, Michelle Byam Pringle and husband Michael, Mary Byam Loftis and husband Scott, Toni Byam Pirotte and husband Travis; son, James Robert Byam, Jr. and wife Vicki; 11 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends; as well as hiw loyal dog, Hei.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Peggy Wooldridge Byam; his parents, Sherwood R. Byam, Sr. and Viola Mae Bauer Byam; brothers Raymond Heiling, Sherwood R. Byam, Jr., Jack Byam and Jay Byam; sisters, June Heiling Sessler, Marjorie Byam Derringer.
His funeral will be Friday, August 24, at 9:30 A.M. in the chapel at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Dr., Arlington TX. Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens.