James Boyd Criscoe

James Boyd Criscoe was born on December 14, 1928 in Faught, Texas to Herbert and Mae Criscoe. His life was centered around character in which he worked hard to instill by example in all those around him. He will be missed greatly.

James Criscoe graduated from Paris High school and went on to work towards his Bachelor of Science degree at Paris Junior College. He received his undergraduate and graduate degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. Mr.Criscoe taught his first few years in Harlingen, Texas. He then taught in Dekalb, Texas for several years until he and his family made their way to Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He taught middle school science and math classes at PE Wallace Middle School until he retired with 40+ years of teaching. He continued to find joy in substituting within Mt. Pleasant schools even after retiring. He especially enjoyed subbing for the younger children.

A military life began early on for Mr. Criscoe. His love for his country was obvious. He started his junior year in high school at the age of 17. He worked his way up the ranks to eventually become a colonel in the United States Army and enjoyed every minute of it. He traveled and made many friends all over the world. He loved to tell stories about his travels and the people he met with such detail. Bags were always packed and close to the door just in case.

James Criscoe was a proud father of three children, Jim, Terry and Pam. Nothing made him glow more than his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Criscoe. Their family farms were next door to each other so they met early in life and grew together. Stories he told of her to those close to him were with pure adoration and endearment. James Criscoe found endless joy in his grandchildren and later in life, great-grandchildren. Poppy is what he was named by the oldest grandchild and the rest followed. He was quite the entertainer that kept all on his toes for the next laughable moment. Bomber rides, life stories told to a stranger along the way, “Jack” a name he called all he did not know, desk dives to explain science, mandolin picking in the living room and the list goes on. James Criscoe was a character that lived by the rules but never passed up a moment to truly love life.

A deep love for God is how Mr. Criscoe was taught to live early in his life. He lived to serve others and found glory in doing it. He passed away with a smile on his face and with this, we know heaven had just brought home another special angel.

Mr. Criscoe is proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Sylvia Criscoe, grandsons Connor Redfearn and Jarrod Criscoe, his brother Bruce Criscoe and parents Herbert and Mae Criscoe.

James Criscoe is survived by his son, Jim Criscoe and daughter-in-law Judy Criscoe, of Austin, TX; his son, Terry Criscoe of Eagle Pass; his daughter, Pamela Hollingsworth of Texarkana, TX; his grandchildren Cory Harrison, Dolly Ann Guevara, Garrett Redfearn, Catherine Vanden Berg, Jessica Criscoe, Barrett Criscoe, Jonathan Criscoe and Lance Criscoe; his great-grandchildren Isabella Redfearn, Hudson Keen, Harrison Keen, Cash Criscoe, Ezra Criscoe, Carson Vanden Berg and Ruby Redfearn; his sister Betty Lee Lanasa and husband Phil of Clear Lake, TX; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements are being made by Bright-Holland Funeral Home in Paris, Texas. The funeral will be held at Bright-Holland Funeral Home in Paris, Texas on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Criscoe’s family would like to thank all the nurses and friends at the Sterling House in Texarkana, TX for the love and care they gave to Mr.Criscoe, especially Jayden.

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