July 1, 1938 ~ August 9, 2020

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Jeanette Parham James went to be with her Lord on August 9, 2020, with her children by her side. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Friday, August 14, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, TX. We ask that you wear bright, colorful clothing instead of black, as Jeanette would want us all to party! The Celebration of Life will take place at 11 AM the next morning, at Reliance Baptist Church in Bryan, TX. There will be burial services at Brookside Funeral Home in Houston, TX at 3:00 that afternoon.

Jeanette was born July 1, 1938 in Houston, TX to parents, Jack and Margaret Parham. She grew up in the Heights area where she attended Reagan High School. She kept up with her Redcoat friends for life. After high school, she attended Baylor University, where she was a twirler in the band. At Baylor she met her husband, Arlis V. James, and (over the next several years) had 5 children. They soon moved back to Houston, where she attended the University of Houston and became a teacher in 1969. During her life she taught for Houston ISD, Dallas ISD, Bryan ISD and at Brazos Christian School. Teaching was her passion! She inspired countless students with her uplifting enthusiasm and altruistic personality. Everywhere she went, she was bombarded with her former students praising and loving her.

Her three sons all played football at A&M, so in 1980 the family moved to Bryan so they could watch the boys play; living in a camper until they could finish building their house. They joined Reliance Baptist Church, where Jeanette was an active member and played piano for the next 40 years. Jeanette was a competitor, which rubbed off on her children. If someone made a dish, she had to make a better one. She never let her grandkids win at cards. She was always the first to call when her grandkids needed a babysitter; her door was always open. If anyone showed up on her doorstep, she would have chicken-fried steak ready in 10 minutes. Every surprise guest was welcome.

Jeanette was the type of person who made friends with strangers while in line at the grocery store. She challenged herself to make others’ days better with laughter. For her 80th birthday, a celebration was held in her honor and she packed the house. At one point, we asked anyone who Jeanette had sheltered over the years to stand up; whether it was for a weekend, a year or longer. The whole room stood up; easily over 100 people.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Arlis V. James, brother Jack Parham, and daughter Connie James.

Jeanette is survived by her two sisters, Ellie Taylor and husband Larry, Jackie Rutledge and husband Evans; her three sons, Arlis James and fiancé Hiko Eilertson, Bobby James and wife Melinda, Charlie James and wife Liz; and daughter, Corrie Lynch and husband Daniel; her eight grandchildren, Michael James, Luke James, Jack James, Clark James, Audry Skidmore, Noah Lynch, Victoria Lynch, Kevin Lynch; and her seven great-grandchildren, Emmie James, Mack James, Brody James, Gus James, Bear James, Sebastian Skidmore and Issac Lynch.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving very much-needed new shoes, socks, and underwear to Hope’s Locker…. an organization that provides school clothes to kids who come from challenging environments in the Bryan school district (where Jeanette taught for decades). Here is a link that will send items directly to Hope’s Locker in Jeanette’s memory: https://amzn.to/2DPwvi2

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com


Visitation: August 14, 2020 5:00 pm - August 14, 2020 7:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: August 15, 2020 11:00 am

Reliance Baptist Church
5925 Reliance Church Road
Bryan, Texas 77808


Interment: August 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Brookside Funeral Home and Memorial Park
13747 Eastex Freeway
Houston, Texas 77039


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Jeanette Faye James 's name.

Hope's Locker

In Memory of Jeanette James
Bryan, Texas

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  1. Jeanette and my sister Jane were lifelong friends and Jeanette called me her little sister. Many memories of our families being intertwined for years. It is a sad time for all of us to hear of her passing. My sister has passed as well as my oldest son Scott Keeling. Life changes. I remember all of her children and pray they have comfort knowing she brought light and laughter to all she called friend.

  2. It is with sadness that I learned of my friend, Janette’s passing. She may be gone from my sight, but never from my heart. Janette was gifted in bringing joy and laughter to people’s life. She told many funny stories, and often embedded in them words of wisdom. I was fortunate to have been her teacher colleague at Lamar School for 10 years. She was beloved by her students, because she made all of them feel special. I will miss her greatly. Rest in peace, my friend.
    Kathe Eugster

  3. Jeanette & I were one of the very first teachers that “started” Jones Academy when it was a magnet school. She was the VERY heart & soul of us for many, many years. Her happiness & love filled every corner of any room she was in. She is now up in heaven square dancing with Jesus laughing at her stories. Rest in peace, my dear, cherished friend.

  4. Jeanette , my sweet sister, you will be missed and loved by me and do many others.
    Thank you for helping me at my young age. I lived with you and Arlis my senior of high school and you helped me through.
    When I think of you I can only smile and think of all the fun we had .
    You will be missed and always loved. Life is never long enough for someone like you. You touched so many lives for the better.
    Loving you forever❤️

  5. My beloved 5th grade teacher has passed away.

    Mrs. James was something else. You know a teacher was special when you remember not only their name, but their faces, the exact location of the classroom, details about that classroom, their mannerisms, everything. I was talking with a friend last night who I first met in Mrs. James’ class and we are still friends today, but we were talking about different teachers. With some of our teachers, I vaguely remembered their names, but can’t recall their face, or even what course they taught. Not Mrs. James.

    We were even friends outside the classroom for a while until we lost touch. She took me to see the play Annie when it came to Rudder Auditorium, and a Carmen concert at that same location some time later.

    It’s funny that you mentioned her being a competitor. As she was driving me home from one of those events, I remember the streets were not crowded, but there was a car further up some distance ahead of us, and she sped up to move around him. When I asked her why she did that, her words to me were, “I want to be first!”. I still find that funny today.

    Anyway, I’m glad our paths crossed in life, and if I know her, she’s playing a piano up in heaven right now and gathering a group of friends and other angels around for a singalong.

  6. I will miss you bad aunt Net. You were the craziest aunt a person could have. You lived life with the excitement and wonder of a child. You always lifted me up and made me feel special. You raised the entire James Gang and that alone grants you full daredevil status and Mira or worked.
    I knew that when I came to the James gang hideout I would have had a great time, felt unconditional love and eaten more than I ever should have. Gig em aunt net heaven needed a good school teacher and you can always use a pianist.

  7. Bobby I am so sorry for you and your dear family. Your mom always lit up the whole room and truly blessed all who knew her.
    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful servants.

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