James Devereaux Jarrett


James Devereaux Jarrett of Granbury, deceased Tuesday, June 25, 2013, was a respected Church of Christ minister.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Temple Cemetery in Temple, Okla. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the funeral home.

Memorials: Fosters Home for Children in Stephenville.

James was a theologian of the Word and a beloved and respected pastor of his various congregations. Entering the ministry as a teenager and while he was matriculated at Harding University, he preached the Word for over 50 years, shepherding congregations in Texas, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Colorado.

James Warren Jarrett (father), Hester Ruth Haney (mother), and Mahlard Jarrett (brother) of Temple, Oklahoma preceded him in death.

He was the beloved husband for 59 years of Joanne Johnson Jarrett; the esteemed father and father-in-law of David Devereaux Jarrett, Robert Jarrett, Joy Jarrett Scott and Rhonda Jarrett; and patriarch of two grandsons, Nathaniel Jarrett and Christopher Jarrett. He was also, in his avocations a devoted fan of Oklahoma University Sooner football, of Sooner women’s basketball, and of the Boston Red Sox. Like his father, he was both a pastoral fisher of men and a fly-fisherman of Colorado trout.

After retirement due to health concerns, he and his wife Joanne returned to Granbury, where his father James Warren Jarrett had lived near Acton and where his great-grandfather had a medical practice after the Civil War. In retirement in Granbury, he administered daily health care to their son David who was afflicted by a degenerative neurological illness, until his son’s untimely death. He and his wife Joanne are members of the Church of Christ congregation in Tolar, whose assistance in his illness is greatly appreciated by his family and survivors.

Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.