Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1966

Jimmy Gryder JAMES "JIMMY" DELANE GRYDER, 69, passed away on Aug. 4, 2017, after a long battle with cancer with burial at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, TX. Jimmy was born Feb. 25, 1948, in Ranger, TX, to R.W. "Woody" & Bessie Oneta (Barnett) Gryder. Jimmy attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1966 for a short time and graduated from Abilene High School and McMurry University. He joined U.S. Army where he retired as a Lt. Colonel with the Army Reserves in 1996. He married his sweetheart, Linda Irvine, in Abilene in Aug. of 1976. He & Linda moved to Tuscola in 1978, where he was a long-standing member of the Jim Ned Community and a proud member of Vickie's Coffee Club. He owned and operated several businesses in the Abilene area before he retired in 2008. Jimmy loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their activities. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Linda I. Gryder, his children, Landra Raymond and husband Michael, Leslie Ward and husband Shawn, and Wesley Gryder and wife Allison. He was the proud Grandpa of five grandchildren, Jacee Delane Ward, Mason Ward, Ethan Raymond, James Gryder and Thomas Gryder. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces & nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Janice Carlin and Frankie Woodyard, and brother-in-law, Larry Irvine.