James Ronal Gould, of Kaufman, TX died in his home, surrounded by his family on March 28, 2016. He was 66 years old. James was lovingly known to his family at Ronny.
James is survived by his wife, Toni Gayle Shaddock Gould of Kaufman, TX; his son Thomas James Gould and wife Jacqueline Gould; granddaughter Laney Gould; step-grandchildren Jacob, Tyler, Thomas, Justin, and Hailey Hinkle of Kaufman; brother Luther Gordon Gould and wife Leslie Gould of Katy, TX; nieces Nikki Gould of Denver and Ali Gould of Los Angeles. He is preceded in death by his mother Nora Lavelle (Kitty) Knight Brewer Gould, father James Luther Brewer, and adopted father Tommie Gould.
James was born on February 1, 1950 in Denton, TX to Nora and Jimmie Brewer. After losing his father at a young age, he was adopted at the age of 13 by Tommie Gould, who filled the shoes of father. James joined the Air Force in 1969 and served in both Korea and Vietnam. He married his sweetheart Toni Shaddock, in 1974, vowing to love her forever and always. They happily welcomed their only son, Thomas James into their home and James set about teaching him the compassion, hard work, and skill that would forge his success in both the Navy and Dallas Fire Department. His surviving family remembers him as a driven, hard-working man who encouraged them to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams.
In addition to his service in the Air Force, James was an accomplished long haul driver as well as roofer. He was a fun-loving individual who had a passion for acquiring and fixing up cars. Many, many cars. He lived to wake up to a different sunrise every day.
James passed away peacefully in his home after a courageous battle against cancer. He will be remembered as a dedicated, loving husband, an inspiring father, and occasional nudist.
A memorial is scheduled for 10:00am April 11 at Parker Ashworth Funeral home in Kaufman, TX followed by a military ceremony at 2:15pm DFW National Cemetery. Ronnie Emola will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate James’s life. In lieu of flowers the family ask you make a donation to the American Cancer Society for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research.