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James Gilley 1934-2024


James Gilley


James Aaron Gilley, age 89, passed from his earthly home to his eternal home Saturday, March 16, 2024, while surrounded by his family.

A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at First Baptist Church of Castle Hills, 401 Beverly Road, Azle, where he was a longstanding member.

Visitation was from 9:30-10 a.m., at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in James’ name to the Castle Hills Mission House. This gesture would be deeply appreciated and align with his cherished values.

James was born June 26, 1934, in Azle, Henry and Agnes Gilley. He remained a lifelong resident of the area.

James was a proud graduate of Azle High School, class of 1954. He dedicated over four decades of service to AMPI-Associated Milk Producer Inc., from which he eventually retired. After retirement, James found joy in serving at Castle Hills Mission House.

James had a passion for sports, which was evident in the way he enthusiastically supported Azle Athletics alongside his loved ones, R.M. Gunn and David Gilley. His devotion to his teams — the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks — only grew stronger over time as he relished every victory they achieved.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Agnes Gilley; in-laws, Albert and Ida Mae Richardson; twin children, Danny Ray and Carla Kay Gilley; and seven siblings, Gail Bryan Gilley, Margie (Dobbie) Tinsley, Marvin Gilley, Richard Gilley, David Gilley, Juanita Hinkle Coffee and Darelene Bernard; brothers-in-law, R.M. Gunn and Leon Richardson; and devoted friend, Larry Admire.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Patsy; his four children, Kent Gilley and wife, Cindy, Shelley Gilley Unger and husband, Scott, Chad Gilley and wife Bobbie, and Christi Gilley; and brother, Ronnie Gilley and wife, Sandi. James cherished his 11 grandchildren: Zach, Craig, Jonathan, Kristen, Rachel, Bridgette, Kaylee, Jaci, Caitlin, Renner and Austin; special friends, Waymon Smithers and Marc Markum; and a host of extended family members and friends.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Springtown Park Rehab for their exceptional compassion and care.

James will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.