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Jim Sterling

May 19, 1938 — December 1, 2022

Jimmy Joe Sterling, age 84, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away on December 1, 2022, attended by family. Jim was born on May 19, 1938, to Joseph and Opal Sterling, of Lubbock, Texas. From a cotton-farming family, Jim was in the FFA at Monterrey High School, from which he graduated in 1956. After serving as a private in the U.S. Army, Jim went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree at Texas Tech University in 1968.

Throughout a lengthy career, Jim worked in management in the transportation industry, starting at Santa Fe Trailways in Lubbock and ultimately relocating to Pearland, Texas, and retiring in 1999 from management of the Houston terminal of Watkins Motor Freight in Houston, Texas.

Jim and his family moved from Pearland to a farm outside Evergreen, Texas, in 1983. After moving to the farm, Jim attended services at Evergreen Baptist Church and continued his lifelong hobbies in horticulture and animal husbandry, until his death.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Eldon and Gary Sterling. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, retired teacher Sondra Edgington Sterling, and his children James Sterling and wife Natalie of Wichita Falls, Texas, Deborah Shannon and husband Robert of San Angelo, Texas, Troy Sterling of Cleveland, Texas; Matthew Jansson and wife Amy of Dumas, Texas, Cassie Smith and husband West of Cleveland, Texas, Amanda Bell and husband Thomas of Virginia; twelve grandchildren, A.J. Sterling and wife Karli, Andrew Sterling and wife Cassidy, Olivia Schutte and husband Stephen, Zachary Sterling, Randal Jansson, Hayden Smith and wife Macoy, Carley Smith, Kristen Ramires, Noah Jansson, Anissa Bell, Elizabeth Bell, and Alexandria Sterling; along with ten great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, Texas, on December 7, 2022, at 11 a.m., with visitation directly preceding the service. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Services will be presided over by Jim’s son, James Sterling D. Min.  The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Angels in Action 61 Slade Street Coldspring, Texas 77331

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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