James “Jim” Hagins, 85, of Waxahachie passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, 2011, at his home. He was born April 26, 1926, in Bocoma, Okla., to Will and Opal (Burke) Hagins. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and drove a landing craft during the attack on Japan after the dropping of the bomb. He served on the USS Menifee troop transport ship. He married Tressie Willis on April 15, 1955, in Dallas.

Jim was a consummate family man. He lived for his family and grandchildren. He delighted in taking them on family vacations/adventures and fun outings to discover the wonders of the Old West, national parks, deserts and Indian reservations and culture, or to some of this country’s  grand vistas like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. His other delight in life was wood working projects and he was accomplished in wood smithing. He has made every family member several pieces of furniture or home wood projects over the years and has left his signature burned in the back to remember him.

Jim was an outspoken patriot, navy veteran, and loved this great country and what it stands for. He taught and instilled in his family the old time values and traditions that he was proud of and that he practiced to be an example for all he knew.

Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Tressie Hagins of Waxahachie; one daughter, Diane Bittick and husband, Clint, of Waxahachie; one son, Ed Hagins and wife, Angi, of Montrose, Colo.; three grandchildren, Andrew and wife, Kendal, Tessa, and Hunter; one great-grandchild, Liam; four brothers, Dale, Donald, Lloyd and Wilburn Hagins; and one sister, Martha. 

He was preceded in death by one son, John Hagins, and five brothers.

We all, his family and friends, are going to miss him terribly, and want to tell God that another carpenter is coming home!

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in the chapel of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Zimmerman officiating.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.