James Goode Dollins Jr.

James “ Jim “ Goode Dollins Jr., 77, of Waco, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 19 2020 at his home in Waco.

Visitation: 12:00 noon until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Graveside Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, at Walling Cemetery in Malone, Texas with Deacon Greg George officiating

Jim was born in Waco to James Goode Dollins Sr. and Jeanette Dollins. Jim had three sisters, Betty Lou Cline, Christine Young and Carolyn Hall. Jim attended La Vega High and then attended Texas A&M University and later graduated with a Bachelors in Agriculture Science. He came back to Waco after college and married his wife, Debbie Dollins in 1964. The following year in 1965, he took over the family dairy that had been established in 1902 on the same property which the Dollins family began. The family history in Waco goes back over 118 years ago. Jim’s grandfather was the Chief of Police and Mayor of Waco in the early 1900’s.
After marrying Debbie in 1964, Jim had four kids, James Dollins III, John Dollins, Jacqueline Springer and Janet Welch. Jim spent 41 years in the dairy business and 15 years afterwards in the sand and gravel business.

Jim was married to Debbie for 51 years and continued her legacy after her passing. Jim and Debbie represented how unconditional love should be. They had something very special that very few have the opportunity to experience. Jim and Debbie were never apart. Jim relied on Debbie to keep him grounded. They worked hard together to build a legacy that all will remember. If you lived in Waco, chances are you know of the Dollins family. Jim had a special way of being known. He loved to tell stories, that was his way of showing off his life story. Some stories about the family history, unique people he met along the way, business deals, hunting, traveling and all were very elaborate. The most important aspect to all the stories was how his wife, Debbie, was always tied into the important highlights of the stories. Jim loved Debbie as she was his driver and backbone in life. It seemed like everything he did in life was to impress her.

Jim had a colorful way of living life. He was a cowboy at heart and life was a Bronc ride for him. He went through a life that showed him all types of experiences. The good and the bad, but at the end of the day, he always reverted back to Debbie. Jim had a heart of gold and would help others in any way possible. Jim had many things he enjoyed in life, some of which including tending to his cattle, hunting, and smoking the finest cigars. But more than anything he loved to spend time with his whole family. He took a lot of pride in what he built and his family was at the top of the list. He loved to brag on his family and did so every chance he could. Jim was not the type of person one would have a 5 minute conversation with. You couldn’t just meet and introduce yourself, Jim was the type of individual that wanted to know everything about the people he met. Many times he would rope you in by telling you a story, this was his way of getting to know you. The more he talked, the more information he could extract from you. Let’s just say he was a good businessman. He knew how to sell you and you were going to like it. He lived through life by telling stories and those that had the unique privilege of knowing him, will remember him by the stories he told. Everyone who knew him will remember Jim and those that didn’t know him might someday hear one of his famous stories. Life is very much a story. Jim lived his to the fullest extent with, in his words “ the greatest women who walked the earth”. We will all miss Jim, but we will have the fondest memories and stories to remember him by.

He is survived by his son, James Dollins III, and wife, Theresa Dollins; grandkids, Justin Dollins, Matthew Dollins, BJ Dollins and John Dollins; his son, John Dollins and wife, Nikki Dollins; grandkids, Ashley Luce, Amanda L Smith, Angela L. Orton, Andrew Dollins and Austin Dollins; his daughter, Jacqueline Dollins Springer and husband, Jim Springer; grandkids, James Springer Jr, Rachel Springer, Sarah Springer and Lauren Springer; his daughter, Janet Dollins Welch and husband, Brent Welch; grandkids Walker Welch and Wyatt Welch; nephews, Christopher Clement, RL Cline and Clinton Cline; and nieces, Jeanette Alexander and Christine Mayer.

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  1. My condolences to the family. My husband worked for Mr. Dollins for a while and I cleaned for him from time to time whenever he was between housekeepers or if i was around waiting for my husband to get done working. He loved my husband and very much loved our 5 year old son and we loved him. He would rough house with our son and talk about times like those that he had with his sons. We were very close to him and will miss him dearly. I too loved his stories and could sit and listen to him for hours. I wish I had spent more time with him. He was a very wise and good man and I know that he is reunited with his wife and likely telling her stories of all of us. Rest in peace Mr. Dollins and if u don’t mind watching over us from time to time…..till we meet again. We love you

  2. Gordon Burrow

    Janet, Jackie, John, Jim and Family,

    So sorry to hear about your dad passing on. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    God Bless,

    Gordon Burrow

  3. Michelle Williams

    Sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. May he rest in eternal peace. Praying for peace for his family and friends during this difficult time.

    Brad & Michelle Williams

  4. Stephanie Ivy

    Mr Dollins became our family we drove hin around took him ti buy his fine cigars he loved our family my sister and son worked for him he loved our grandchildren and he told many stories of his life which we all loved may u rip JIM u will b missed prayers for the family and friends

  5. My condolences to the Dollins family I met Jim in January of this year I started working for him house cleaning and cooking for him he told me a lot of stories about his family and he loved his wife dearly , he was a great man with a heart of GOLD I’m so glad I got to meet him and share stories together, I loved just hanging around talking with him sitting on his porch . He loved My granddaughter Elyonna, he got real attached to her and she loved him to. Jim enjoyed watching her ride her bike and play in hot tub ,he had her spoiled she wants to say she’s sorry and is going to miss him dearly she loved him so much . I will continue to keep Dollins family in our prayers.” WE LOVE YOU OLE MAN ” until we meet again. Rest In Peace Sweet Angel

  6. Kenneth E Pierce

    Sorry to hear about cousin Jim passing . I hadn’t seen Jimmy in forty years , but I know the Pierce side of family was proud of him . God bless and rest in peace .

  7. I first met Jim when I worked at Double Circle Co-Op in the 90’s, but my dad had bred cows for Jim’s father when he was still dairying, so I grew up hearing the Dollins name. There was not a day Jim came into the store that he did not stop and shake my hand, get a cup of coffee, check the market reports, visit a little and leave everybody (or most everyone) in a better mood. One day a truck driver came in, asking me how to get somewhere and Jim happened to be with me at the counter and told the driver- and pointing with both hands- “Get back on 35 and go… no, wait. Take 84 out to… no, hang on. Ok, here’s what you do… go ahead and get on 35 south, no, no, wait.” Finally he looked at the driver and said, “Partner, you just can’t get there from here.” That was classic Jim. RIP my friend.

  8. Randy & Denise (Niles) Ragsdale

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  9. Kathy Badley Harper

    My condolences to the Dollins Family . My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. I am privileged to have known four generations of the Dollins Family. Jim Dollins was a special friend that honored and created respect for family values.
    Ted Uptmore & Family
    West, Texas

  11. Christina Walker

    I have been a friend of Jim’s for the past 7 years. He will be greatly missed and he was deeply loved and appreciated while he was here on Earth. Watch over me and Momma Jim, because we know you are an Angel in Gods Army now and definitely in a better place. The greatest memory I have with Jim is when we were present for my granddaughters birth in Fort Worth on December 24th, 2016. Her name is Mia and he loved my daughter Aaliyah, her husband Ricky and of course baby Mia!!. Once again, watch over us all Jim and we Express our deepest sympathies to your family!
    From your friends ChristinaWalker and
    ” Momma” Trisha Cherry and
    Aaliyah, Ricky and Mia Davila

  12. Louis and Sara Englander

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire

    Louis and Sara Englander and family

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