James Lewis Hacker
December 11, 1941 ~ December 25, 2022
Wichita Falls, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas
James Lewis Hacker, age 81, of College Station, TX passed away on December 25, 2022, making his transition into God’s loving care. Jim joins his beloved wife Anne who passed in September 2014 after 54 years of marriage.
Jim grew up in North Texas with three siblings, Peggy, Billye, and Dan. He graduated from Bowie High School where he was active in sports. In football, he was an All-State End, Honorable mention All-American, and selected for the Texas All-Star Game. In track, he was a sprinter on the team that won State in both his junior and senior years and set records in the 440 relay. While at Bowie High, Jim met his loving wife, Anne.
He attended Texas Tech University on scholarship, lettering in football. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, he joined the US Treasury Dept. as a National Bank Examiner working in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. After seven years, he left the examiners and joined the banking community in Houston, working for Capital, Cullen, Western, and American/Whitney National Banks. Jim served in positions from commercial lender to president and retired in April 2008 from Whitney as Houston’s Regional Senior Credit Officer.
Jim and Anne had two children, Janét, and Jimmy, and they had many great times together as a family. Jim was always planning a new adventure, whether it was camping in the beautiful USA, boating, hunting, fishing, or numerous trips to foreign lands. His petite and very lady-like Anne would always join the adventure, anything from getting certified for scuba diving to taking part in Jim’s pilot training when he obtained his license. However, Anne always made sure that time was made for the ballet, symphony, museums, and theater. The family were members of, and active in, Chapelwood Methodist Church, later St. Paul’s and Unity Church in Houston. Jim later joined Christ Church in College Station. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and spent 20 years as a volunteer, mostly on the Steer Auction Committee.
After retirement, Jim and Anne enjoyed world travel and acquired a new Airstream trailer. They would travel across this beautiful country for three to four months at a time with their wonder-dog Sherlock. They made trips from Houston across most of the country. From Key West to Maine, across to California, up to Alaska and many places in between. Some of their favorites were the Grand Tetons, Yellow Stone, Glacier National Park, Canada, and Alaska. They lost their trusty sidekick Sherlock in 2010 after many quail were pointed and many miles were traveled.
After fifty years in Houston and six years after Anne’s death, Jim moved to the MRC Langford Retirement Community in College Station, TX to be near his daughter, Janet and her family. There he met and enjoyed a fun and wonderful group of great new friends. Jim sends thanks to all his business colleagues who helped him along the way and sends a special adios to his wonderful hunting and campfire buddies.
Jim is predeceased by his wife Anne Orton Hacker, his parents Dan and Mollie Hacker, his sisters Peggy Church and Billye Lippincott, and his brother Dan T. Hacker. He is survived by his children, son Jim A. Hacker and wife Jeanne, daughter Janét Falcone, her husband Gregg, and their children Brett, Christopher, Ross his wife Jessica and their 7-week-old daughter Faye, Jim’s first great-grandchild. He also leaves behind special cousins Clifford and Billy Ray, some great nephews, and nieces too numerous to mention, and wonderful sisters-in-law, Rebecca, Nancy Elizabeth and Susan and their husbands Bob, Tom, and Larry.
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:17
From Jim: A special good-bye to my Langford Family and especially my dearest Nancy. Thanks also to my friends and helps at Hospice Brazos Valley and Senior Helpers. They were so thoughtful and kind. I don’t want friends and family traveling from far and near for a service. I would just ask that you take a moment to recall a fond memory and send me a prayer and a good-bye. I know that I will hear you. Love to All.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Ballet Brazos, Aggieland Humane or the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in James Lewis Hacker 's name.