Jimmy “J.R.” Tackett, 67, a retired Mechanic Crew Chief for American Airlines, died Friday, May 11, 2007, at a Houston Hospital.

His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Alvarado and he was buried at the United States National Cemetery in Dallas located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211, phone: (214)467-3374.

A procession took place after a short luncheon at the United Methodist Church. Visitation was on Tuesday, May 15, at the funeral home.

For memorials, we the family, are so grateful for your support, but we would like to ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to support the Melanoma Research Department at MD Anderson, (713)792-2121 in specific care of Dr. Nick Papadopolous M.D., 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030, and the Alvarado Masonic Lodge, (817)783-2252, 101 East Atchley Avenue, Alvarado, Texas 76009.

Jimmy “J.R.” Tackett was born Jan. 20, 1940, at Knox Clinic in Cleburne. He was raised in the rual community of Alvarado in Johnson County. He was an active participant in his hometown: playing football for his high school, volunteering for the Fire Department, involving himself in everything from the Masonic Lodge No. 314, using his Peace Officer license to assist the Police Department and earning the title of Alvarado Fire Marshall and becoming the first Alvarado based Arson investigator for Johnson County.

He grew up working with his family, then afterwards he volunteered to serve his country for over thirty-five years with the United States Navy and its Reserve and parlayed all he learned into employment with American Airlines from which he retired after fifteen years of service as a crew chief mechanic.

He earned an associate’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in engineering, for which he held a natural penchant and aptitude. He was well-traveled along side of his Navy buddies as well as driven to fulfill a personal desire towards discovery of the world in which he lived.

He is survived by the love of his life, Audrey Tittle Tackett. Also left behind are his first-born daughter and her husband, Katie and Buddy Wilkinson, his youngest daughter, Jennifer Tackett, his middle brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Priscilla Tackett and his youngest brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Marjorie Tackett. Joining us are a host too many to mention but for certain his aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends but specifically his nephews, whom he loved like sons; Terry Tackett, David Tackett and Mark Tackett, and grandchildren, Raymond Leonard, Seth Leonard, Lacie Holman and Jaceb Holman who share in our deepest grief.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Raymond and Sarah Tackett, his dear mother-in-law, Faye Moreland and his treasured nephew Tobby Tackett.

Arrangements were made through the Clayton Kay-Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado, (817) 783-3062.