Raymond James Magness passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008, at his home in Baytown after a battle with pancreatic cancer; meeting his Lord and savior on his 70th birthday.
 A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday in St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange under direction of Claybar Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens cemetery in Bridge City.

Born July 17, 1938, in Churchpoint, La., to Una Marie and John C. Magness, he graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange in 1956 and served as a radio operator for four years in the Air Force while stationed in England. After returning to Texas, he met and married Delores Eileen Stevens in 1964. Jim played semipro baseball and went to work for U.S. Steel in Orange, where he remained 22 years. After taking an early retirement, he worked independently as a general contractor. Jim was a member of the Catholic Church and a fourth-degree brother in the Knights of Columbus. Through the years, he dedicated much of his time, effort, and resources to helping those in need. He was widely respected by his numerous “friends in low places,” who knew him affectionately as “Coonass.” He had a legendary memory for jokes and could entertain a crowd for hours on end.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Marie Magness; granddaughter, Casey Marie Magness; brother, John Kennith Magness; and brother-in-law, Brandon Brantley.

He is survived by his sons, Greg Magness of Austin; Robbie Magness and wife Wendy of Baytown; daughter, Amy Magness of Houston; grandchildren, Timothy, Derian and Braden Magness of Baytown; and Jacob and Alec Melton of Houston; stepmother, Lida Magness of Golden, Colo.; sister, Francis Winters, of Hobbs, N.M.; brother, Kenneth Magness and wife Cheryl of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sister, Charlotte Brantley of Golden; brother, Bill Magness and wife, Jessica of Austin; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
 Memorial contributions may be made to American Hospice, 11200 Richmond, Suite 110, Houston, 77082.