Jimmy Trifon Avery, 86, entered the arms of his Savior on November 2, 2021, with his beloved wife by his side.
Jim was born to Lula Mae Fleming Avery and Joseph Mouton Avery on October 23, 1935 in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he grew up. He attended Fair Park High School and was active in ROTC. He joined the Air Force in 1953 and began his career in pharmacy. He married Mae Nell Cardwell, the love of his life, on August 13, 1960. They had two children and traveled to Georgia, Texas, California, and Alaska during his Air Force career. He retired in San Antonio, Texas in 1974 after 21 years of service. He continued his work in pharmacy in civil service until his retirement in 1989.
In 1994, upon her retirement from her teaching career, Jim and Mae Nell packed up their RV and set off on their next adventure. They traveled full time for eleven years, visiting all forty-nine states in the continental United States. Even after settling down to their home base in Lakehills, Texas, they upgraded to a motor home and continued their travel exploits until well into their eighties, having fun and making friends wherever they went.
Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, Papa, great-Papa, uncle, and friend. He was a longtime member of Lakehills United Methodist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge for fifty-plus years, and a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous for forty years. On October 7, 2021, he received his forty year chip. One of his greatest contributions to the world was his work on his own sobriety and helping others in the program to stay sober, always making himself available to anyone who needed his friendship and counsel.
Those left to love and cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Mae Nell Avery; his daughter, Sandra Langley and husband Chris of Kerrville; his son, Jimmy Trifon Avery, Jr. and wife Tracy of Lakehills; his grandsons, Matthew Anthony and wife Amanda of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Ryan Anthony and fiancé Alli Smith of Baldwin, Michigan; and his great grandchildren, Nichole Raymo, Dakota Anthony, Peyton Anthony, Margaret Smith, and Jonathan Anthony. Also left to cherish his memory are his nieces, nephews, and many dear A.A. and Alanon friends, church friends, and fellow masons.
The family extends their love and gratitude to dear neighbor Tony Binegar, and to our A.A., Alanon and church friends who took such loving care of Jim and Mae Nell. We give special thanks to Stacy, Steven, and Abby of Pure Heart Hospice for their excellent, kind, and gentle care of Jim in his last days.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakehills United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed.