In Memory

Jim Schwind

James Martin Schwind, 64, went to be with our Lord on Friday, October 16, 2015, in Houston, Texas. He was born in Ridgecrest, California on July 18, 1951 to William and Claudia Schwind.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who was dedicated to his family.  He will be deeply missed.

Jim grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1969.  He then went on to attend The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree.

He moved to Bryan-College Station where he began his newspaper career in advertising sales at The Bryan Eagle.  Following that position, he worked at The Galveston Daily News in Galveston, Texas in advertising sales and began his newspaper publishing career at the La Marque Times, in La Marque, Texas.  In 1990, Jim worked in advertising sales at the Hartman Newspapers, Inc. in Rosenberg, Texas.  A few years later, he began as publisher of the Alvin Sun & Advertiser in Alvin, Texas (Hartman Newspaper) until the present.

Jim was involved in community activities, specifically the La Marque Rotary Club and the Alvin Rotary Club where he was a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Service Award.  He also served on the Alvin Meals on Wheels Board.

Jim was an avid sports fan.  He frequently coached his children’s’ football, basketball and soccer teams.  He rarely missed a game.  His faith was evident through everything he did, and faith and family were the core of his existence.  Jim heroically battled cancer for three and a half years.  He was an inspiration to many as he did so.  Jim was grateful for each new day he was granted on this earth.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debbie Schwind; children, Justin Schwind and wife Erin Schwind, Lindsay Schwind Gentles and husband Ryan Gentles, and Rachel Schwind Gardner and husband Zach Gardner; grandchildren, Annabelle Gentles and Adalynn Gentles; brothers, William A. Schwind and wife Lynn Schwind, and Thomas Steven Schwind and wife Diana Schwind; nephew, William A. Schwind and wife Nanci Schwind; nieces, Jessica Schwind and Kelsey Schwind; and his father in law and mother in law, Henry and Anna Belle Green.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 4 p.m., on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at River Pointe Church, 5000 Ransom Road, Richmond, Texas 77469.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alvin Rotary Club, Alvin, Texas or to

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10/24/15 08:12 AM #6    

Cathey Youngblood (Wilson)

His smile is what Immediately what comes to mind when I think of Jim. I am so sorry that he had to fight such a tough battle with cancer. Prayers to the family.

10/24/15 10:11 AM #7    

Pat McClure

Some folks are easy to be friends with, Jimmy was one.  When I moved to Mac, Jimmy was one of the first to offer his friendship. Please accept my condolonces and prayers for the family. The world is now a smaller place.


10/24/15 12:36 PM #8    

Roy Ison

I am so sorry to hear about Jim, he and I grew up together, and we were always great friends. My heart felt wishes go out to the ones he left behind, and I will always have a place in my heart for him.

10/25/15 02:41 PM #9    

Charlene Adcock (Clothier)

Jim was smart, kind, and funny. He lived his life with dignity and grace, an example to all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to Debbie, his family and many friends.

10/25/15 03:09 PM #10    

Roger Barnes

Hard to believe Jimmy is gone. He was very special. I remember him well at Garner and Mac and enjoyed visiting with him at the reunions. He took people as they came and was accepting of everyone. He truly lived the Golden Rule. Condolences to his loving family.

10/26/15 12:29 PM #11    

Jim Briscoe

Schwind was one of my closest friends at MacArthur. He and I and Gary McCaffrey were the three musketeers or maybe the three stooges depending on your point of view! We shared many adventures together. Cruising Northwest Highway, the Frontier Drive In and many trips to Port A. He was as good a man as there ever was and I am proud to say he was my friend. He will be missed! 

10/27/15 09:17 AM #12    

Kenneth H. ("Ken") Pearce

What an amazing Celebration of Life service was held for Jim. Folks who knew him over the years spoke first, covering everything from his "days at MacArthur High" up to the present. They spoke of him as a great friend, neighbor, helper, encourager, and handyman. His children spoke of him next and related that he had a great sense of work ethic, responsibility, caring, humor and love for Jesus that he passed on to them. One could not have asked for a better way to be remembered: "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

10/27/15 11:29 AM #13    

Gary McCaffrey

Jim had many friends of which I was one. We did many things together and kept in touch all these years. To have a friend like Jim, is what life is all about, so we celebrate that part and not the dying part. I wish it had been easier for him in the end, but he handled with dignity and courage. Love you Jim

10/28/15 10:23 AM #14    

Gary Caswell

I am sorry I missed the services and my thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and family.  I saw Thad at the gym yesterday and we talked about Jimmy's courageous battle to the end - and about his understated genious and great humor.  Remember the 2 Jimmy's in the panaramic pic of the class?  Sonterra?  Last night Hickey and I traded Jimmy stories for an hour, from driving his "Bomb" and my "Pink Panther" around the neighborhoods, nearly drowning and losing my canoe in Salado creek during a flood, morning rides to school in my  mom's his happiness about "finally moving out of the Slums!".  God Bless you Jimmy - I'm confident you made His cut....


10/28/15 08:47 PM #15    

Richard Pitchford

It was my pleasure to know Jimmy for 13 or so years from 5th grade through college and enjoy every minute of his company when we connected. If not for Jimmy I would probably still be in college looking for a major. I know that Magic Bus made it through the Pearly gates and I am so proud to say he was a friend of mine. thank you for the great memories and know the echo fondly in many hearts until we meet again Richard

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