In Memory of
James Allan Gunnels

James Allan Gunnels, 68, of Houston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23, 2020. He was born September 16, 1951 in Rising Star, Texas to Elmer and Betty Gunnels. James is survived by his wife, Connie of 35 years. His son, Brent of Houston and daughter, Leann Mohr (James) and granddaughter, Juliette Mohr of New Braunfels.

James graduated from Reagan County High School in 1969 and continued his education at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also obtained his Consulting License in 1993.

He began his 42 year career in engineering in 1974 with El Paso Natural Gas, in El Paso, Texas. In 1981, he returned home to Big Lake, Texas where he owned and operated Poor Boy Transports until 1984. At which time he resumed his engineering career in Houston with Texas Eastern Corp. until 1989. James returned to El Paso Natural Gas in El Paso in 1990. In 2002, the merger of EPNG with Kinder Morgan, brought him back to Houston. In 2014, he continued his love for engineering with Trans Canada, where he was currently employed.

James enjoyed working on his cars, playing the guitar and attending the home football games of his beloved Texas Longhorns. Above all his interests, he was gifted and had a passion for the game of golf. He played on his high school varsity team and over the years his love for the game never wavered. He also enjoyed meeting with his Brothers-in-Christ at their monthly Men’s Breakfast Bible Study group. In 1987, he was ordained as a deacon at Sherwood Forest Baptist Church in Houston and was active with The Gideons International. James was a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress Campus and Safe Haven Sunday School Class.

In April 1984, James made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church of Big Lake, Texas. He was baptized on June 17, 1984. From that moment on, James committed his life to the study of His Word. He was never without his Bible; It was always with him wherever he went.

Those that were closest to James knew of his unwavering faith and unyielding love for the Gospel. His Godly walk and strong prayer life was a daily testimony of his love for God and the people around him. One of his favorite verses that he often spoke about was Romans 8:38-39, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

James fully accomplished all that the Lord had called him to do in this life...
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

To our very special church family and dear brothers and sisters in Christ, our family offers a heartfelt “Thank You” for the support, care, love, and prayers for our family during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, First Baptist Church of Houston, or to the American Diabetes Association.

Charitable Donations may be made to:

American Diabetes Association
2400 Augusta Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Website Link

Houston's First Baptist Church
Website Link

The Gideons International
Website Link


Message from
Darrell Runyan
Wed, 02/26/2020

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
Rest in peace my dear brother in Christ. You will be missed.

Message from
With Love, Gary & Linda
Thu, 03/26/2020

Can’t believe you are gone. Rest In Peace friend. Praying for the family as they walk this road of sorrow. Blessings to all.