Originally created 03/16/04

Mr. James Baxter (HOUSTON, TEXAS)



HOUSTON, TEXAS - James Warren Baxter, age 39, passed away at his home on Saturday morning, the 13th of March 2004, while surrounded by his family and close friends. Although James lived in Houston, he was born in Louisville, a small town in Georgia, and to James, that was always home. James fought a courageous 18-year battle with neurofibromatosis. In spite of these unusual challenges, James graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude at the University of Georgia in Athens. Having completed his Ph.D in philosophy, his professors lauded him for being one of the most outstanding students they had ever had. James hoped to teach at the college level; however, the progression of his disease changed the course of his life. The courage with which he handled his illness was an inspiration to all who knew him. Those who came to comfort James found comfort themselves from being with him. James' love for others far exceeded his concern for himself. Through his influen ce, the Carolyn Farb Neurofibromatosis Lectureship was established at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. James was predeceased by his grandparents, Dr. James Wright Pilcher, Sr., and Neil and Louise Baxter. He is survived by his parents, Frances and Donald E. Baxter, MD; sister, Marian Farebrother, and husband, Graham; niece, Emma Louise Thurmond; and grandmother, Mary Frances Pilcher of Louisville, Georgia. He is also survived by his uncle, James Wright Pilcher, MD and wife, Grace, of Dalton, Georgia; aunt, Mary and husband, Charles May, MD, of Macon, Georgia; aunt, Elizabeth and Robert Gunby, MD, of Dallas; aunt, Judy and Charles Altman of Statesboro, Georgia; uncle, John Pilcher and wife, Janet, of Wrens, Georgia; uncle, Judge Jerry Baxter and wife, Alice, of Atlanta; uncle, Jim Baxter and wife, Barbara; caregivers and friends, Billy Simpson and George Munoz; and many others who loved him. Friends were cordially invited to a visitation with the family from two until five o'clock in the a fternoon on Sunday, the 14th of March 2004, in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The Funeral Service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 15 of March 2004, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, with the Rev. Richard Elwood officiating and the Rev. Ed Abell assisting. The graveside service and interment will follow on Tuesday, the 16th of March 2004, at four o'clock in the afternoon at the Cemetery of Louisville, Georgia with Rev. Pat Mahan of the Louisville United Methodist Church officiating. Following the interment, friends will gather at the residence of Mrs. Mary Frances Pilcher, 807 Academy Drive in Louisville. For those who so desire, memorials in James' name may be directed to the Texas NF Foundation, Tenerlin McClain Bldg., 6555 Sierra Dr., Irving, Texas, 75039-2479. Arrangements entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, Funeral Directors Since 1936, of Houston, 713-789-3005. Sign the guestbook at Augu staChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle March 16, 2004