Jimmy Ray Gafford

of Lubbock, TX

December 30, 1934 - July 7, 2021

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Jimmy Ray Gafford of Lubbock passed to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the age of 86.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Sylvia (Roy) Gafford; son, Tim Gafford and wife Belinda of Lubbock; grandchildren, Wayne Barado and wife Shelly and Lauren Gafford, all of Lubbock; four great grandchildren, Brooks Barado, Bristol Barado, Chance Roberts, and Veda McDonald.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Gayle Gafford, whom they lost in a car accident several years ago.

Jimmy grew up in West Texas and was the son of cotton farmer, T.E. and Lucille Gafford. He went to Lubbock High School and played on two State Championship football teams, 1952 and 1953. He was voted MVP of the 1953 team as a lineman, and an All-American in High School Redshirted by Oklahoma. He went on to play at San Angelo State and East Texas State where he obtained his Master’s degree in Education.

After college, Jimmy coached football before going to work with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. He later worked in the mission field in South Korea and Hong Kong bringing bibles into mainland China before becoming a counselor at Trinity Church. Jimmy had many accomplishments in life - His main love was for his family and God!

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4 Condolence(s)
Craig and Ann McDonald
Lubbock, TX
Monday, July 19, 2021

Sylvia, we send our love and condolences. Jimmy and Craig were always good friends. We always loved hearing about your lives given to the Lord.

Don Barton
Irving, TX
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sylvia, so sorry to hear about Jimmy. Lubbock friends notified me when the news appeared in today’s AJ. Please let me know of any and when you may have a memorial service. My prayers to you all.

Walter Brumit
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing.
We were buddies at the gym. We had many
Conversations. I enjoyed his company and his

Ken and Linda Vercher
Statham, GA
Friday, July 16, 2021

Our sincere condolences.