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James E. (Jim) Achilles

Obituary for James E. (Jim) Achilles

August 6, 1949 - November 7, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 69

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James E. (Jim) Achilles went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. He was born August 6, 1949 in Dallas, Texas, the oldest of seven siblings (Joe, Jan, Jerry, Jeff, Jill, and Jon). He was preceded in death by his father, James Sr., mother Evelyn, and brother Jerry. Jim attended Spring Branch High School in Houston where he was President of his senior class and was an outstanding linebacker for the Bears, who made it to the State Championship game his senior year. It was in high school speech class where he met Jan, the love of his life. They were married in 1968 and celebrated 50 years of marriage last December.

Jim accepted a football scholarship to The University of Texas where he played center for the Longhorns from 1968 to 1971, which included their two National Championship years of '69 and '70. It was during this time, he and Jan were blessed with their two boys, Jerry and David. Jim graduated in 1971 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he began a career in the insurance industry and started what has been a successful family business. The best part of having his sons in the business was being able to spend precious time with them, their wives Nancy and Kelli, and his grandchildren, Kennedi, Jordan, Kristian, Kendall, and Karrington, all of which affectionately called Jim, PaPaw.

Jim was an active member and leader in the Austin community. He was a long-time member and past President of Great Hills Country Club. He was also a long-time contributor and former President of Rodeo Austin in 1997. He coached baseball for many years in the Balcones Little League. Jim treasured his time spent golfing with Jerry, fishing with David, and hunting with them both. Jim and Jan spent precious hours watching Jerry play baseball for Texas Lutheran College and David playing football at Sam Houston State. They also loved attending the many soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football games of each of their grandchildren. He was loved and respected by the many people he encountered throughout his life and will be sorely missed by us all.

Friends, family, and others whose lives Jim touched are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of life at the Weed-Corley-Fish North Chapel at 3125 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78705. This service will be held on Monday, November 12 at 2:00 pm.

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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