James Lee McFadden, 94, of Grapeland, Texas died September 16, 2022 at UT Health in Tyler, Texas. He was lovingly surrounded by his children and grandchildren in his final hours as he peacefully transitioned.
James Lee (Jimmy) McFadden was born February 21, 1928, in Marshalltown, Iowa to Chester Earl McFadden and Rosamond Lee (Walker) McFadden. At age 12 his family relocated to Sugarland, Texas in Fort Bend County.
Jimmy married Marian (Geisendorff) Prasatik January 05, 1968 and relocated from Fulshear, Texas to Grapeland in 1973. Jimmy worked as an electrician for many years. He later taught electrical trade courses to inmates at The Texas Department of Criminal Justice until retirement. Jimmy and his wife, Marian, joined in the ownership of McFadden’s Flower & Gift Shop located at 310 Market Street which is currently The Pink Dot. Following his retirement from TDJC, they expanded their services to include the restoration and sales of fine antiques.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his wife Marian Pauline (Geisendorff) McFadden; parents Chester Earl and Rosamond Lee (Walker) McFadden; siblings Frank W. McFadden, Mary Josephine (McFadden) George, Virginia Davis (McFadden) Spears; and grandson Corey Wayne Rooker.
A previous member of Grapeland Lions Club, Jimmy also enjoyed participating and traveling with Loners On Wheels ~ an RV Group based in SW Arkansas, NE Texas, NW Louisiana and SW Oklahoma.
Jimmy will be remembered by his family and community as a giving and sharing individual. He was quick to drop whatever he was doing to help others whenever or wherever his talents and labors were needed.
Jimmy McFadden is survived by six children: Earl Lee McFadden and Julie Smirl of Grapeland, Ronald W. Prasatik of Galveston, Virginia Norene (Ginger) Rettig and husband Delwin of Bellville, Mina Paulette (Paula) Prasatik of Grapeland, Clarence Mitchell (Mitch) Prasatik and wife Donna of Grapeland, and Lenora Annette Huff and husband Dustin of Grapeland. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, who all loved him greatly.
Many will recall Jimmy as “the man on a bicycle” with his Yorkshire Terrier, Missy, riding in the basket. Along with his family and friends, his little sidekick will miss him greatly.
A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, October 16th at 12:30 pm at Grapeland City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to join us for lunch and fellowship at the Town Hall building at Salmon Lake Park. Bring your lawn chairs as seating may be limited.
Grapeland City Cemetery
Sunday, October 16th