James Leon Hollomon passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12th with loved ones by his bedside at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center In Temple.
A former educator and businessman in Mid-County, James fell victim to a rapidly spreading cancer in late August, two months after turning 79. Following a brief ineffective treatment, James spent a short time in hospice care.
Since retirement in 2012, James has lived in Meadowlakes, TX, near Marble Falls, with his wife of 12 years, Mary Mikridge Hollomon. He and Mary enjoyed travelling to new places and he certainly enjoyed attending sports and fine arts events involving his grandkids, the children of his daughter Carrie, and son, Casey. Shortly before falling ill, he organized his yearly river float trip with the grandkids in New Braunfels and also braved the 110-degree July heat of Central Texas to follow his grandson's golf tournament.
James was born July 8, 1944, in Woodville. He came to Port Neches with his parents, Leon and Wynell Hollomon, as a six-year-old and was in the first class to attend a new Woodcrest Elementary. He was a 1962 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School and earned a degree in Government from Lamar University.
After a year of law school at the University of Houston, James began his teaching career at PN-G. He was a history instructor there from 1966-72, then taught three years for the Port Arthur ISD. James left the classroom in 1975 to begin 19 years of service with the Market Basket grocery store chain. He later returned to education, ultimately retiring in 2012 as an administrator for the Lackland ISD in San Antonio.
James is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter Carrie Slagle, and grandchildren Annabeth and Cameron of Houston; son Casey and his wife Andrea of Bellville, and grandsons Khale and Cooper, and granddaughter Addison; stepdaughter Michele Schuchert and husband Art, stepson Michael Felice and wife Deborah, and stepson Anthony Felice and wife Rhonda, and step grandchildren Matthew and Julia Schuchert and Ryan, Adam, Jenna, Sarah, Jack, and Emily Felice. James is also survived by his two brothers Patrick Hollomon of Baytown and Dr. Michael Hollomon and husband Eric of Fayetteville, AR.
Memorial service arrangements and cremation will be by Melancon-Levingston Funeral Home in Nederland. The family will hold a visitation at 10:00 AM and a service at 11:00 AM on December 9, 2023. The memorial service will be followed by a lunch to celebrate his life and all are invited to join the family at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland for a meal in honor of James. He will rest eternally with his parents at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that you make a monetary donation in his memory to the Port Neches-Groves ISD Education Foundation, 766 Magnolia, Port Neches, TX 77651.