James "Jimmy" A. Gentz

January 12, 1929, November 23, 2017

James

James Arthur “Jimmy” Gentz was a lifelong resident of Winnie, Texas. He was born January 12, 1929 in Port Neches, Texas to Carrie Mudd Gentz and Oliver Gentz. He graduated from East Chambers High School in 1946 and married Louise Graham in August of 1950. He passed peacefully from this earth on November 23, 2017 in his favorite chair with his boots on.

Jimmy started farming just after he graduated from high school. Since his father did not farm, he had no equipment available. His first crop of rice, planted in 1947 was 23 acres, cultivated by using rented equipment.

In 1950, Freddie Breaux helped him plant his crop and that year Jimmy bought his first tractor, a “Popin” John Deere tractor for $2,495. For several years he farmed 250 acres alone with one tractor and some  help when pulling the levees. He farmed from 1947-2007. Along with farming, Jimmy raised cattle and in 1979 he started a herd of Registered Texas Longhorn Cattle which now numbers 200.

Jimmy was a member of several agricultural organizations which included American Rice Growers, Winnie Rice Farmers Cooperative Association, Chambers County Farm Bureau, Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, International Texas Longhorn Association and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winnie.

He is survived by his son James Arthur Gentz, Jr and daughter in law Carol Barton Gentz of Winnie. His grandchildren, Rachel and Wayne Ogden of Cedar Park, Tx, John and Jennifer McLarty of Wichita Falls, Tx, Patrick and Emily McLarty of Ponder, Tx, Chris and Trina McLarty of Round Rock, Tx, Austen Gentz and Taylor Fontenot of Winnie, Tx and great-grandchildren Emily and Elliot Ogden, Noah, Jordan and Nathan McLarty, Hank McLarty, Caitlyn and Matthew McLarty and Rylan Fontenot. Also his domino partners and his extended family at the bar.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Carrie Mudd Gentz and Oliver Gentz; his wife Louise Graham Gentz; his son Charles “Charlie” Gentz; and his daughter Donna Gentz Mclarty.

A gathering of Mr. Gentz’s family and friends will be 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of Winnie, 1708 SH 124, Winnie. His funeral will be at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the church, with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie. Services under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont.

lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to The First United Methodist Church of Winnie, 1708 SH 124, Winnie.

 

 

Broussard's
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 mcfaddin Avenue beaumont t x77701
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
gathering of family and friends
First United Methodist Church of Winnie-Stowell
1708 south hwy 124 winnie t x77665
1708 South Hwy 124 Winnie, TX 77665
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5:30 pm until 8:00 pm
Funeral Service
First United Methodist Church of Winnie-Stowell
1708 state hwy 124 winnie t x77665
1708 State Hwy 124 Winnie, TX 77665
Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Interment
Fairview Cemetery
223 Cemetery dr Winnie t x77665
223 Cemetery Dr Winnie, TX 77665
meorial contributions
First United Methodist Church of Winnie
1708 s. highway 124 winnie t x77665
1708 S. Highway 124 Winnie, TX 77665

Comments (10)

  • Bubba and Debra Andrus

    30 November 2017 at 17:04 | #

    Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one. May cherished memories fill your hearts.

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  • Glenn and Mary Sandlin

    30 November 2017 at 17:02 | #

    James and Carol, you and all our family are in our prayers. Mr. Jimmy will be missed. May you find comfort and peace in the good life he lived and in your loving memories. God bless. Mary and Glenn

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  • Ida Alicie

    30 November 2017 at 00:36 | #

    I shared many a joke around the bar with Jimmy at Milton's. He was one of a kind & I was proud to have known him. Best wishes to his family.

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  • Ida Alicie

    30 November 2017 at 00:30 | #

    I have great memories of laughing around the bar at Milton's with Jimmy. He was definitely one of a kind & I'm proud to have known him. I wish the best to all of his family.

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  • Patty & Ike Revia

    29 November 2017 at 17:44 | #

    We are very sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a good man who raised an amazing family. He will be missed by many. You are all in our prayers.

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  • Alene and Alene Young

    28 November 2017 at 23:25 | #

    W are so sorry for your loss. Is really hard when you lose a loved one during the holidays. Our prayers are with you.

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  • Alene and Alene Young

    28 November 2017 at 23:23 | #

    W are so sorry for your loss. Is really hard when you lose a loved one during the holidays. Our prayers are with you.

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  • LuLu Mckenzie

    28 November 2017 at 17:26 | #

    So saddened by your loss.

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  • Bill F

    28 November 2017 at 14:17 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). Oh how we long for the day when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-5).

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  • Duffy & Kathy Breaux

    27 November 2017 at 22:22 | #

    To The Gentz Family,
    We are so very saddened at the loss of Mr. Gentz! We offer our deepest condolences to you and your family!
    Love Kathy & Duffy Breaux

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