James Russell Cousins, 77, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Vanderpool, Texas, at the Bug Scuffle Ranch. He was surrounded by family and friends after a prolonged battle with cancer.
He was at a place with which he had fallen deeply in love, and indicated that when he was gone, he wanted to have his ashes spread over the ranch so that he could reside there for eternity.
Born on June 20, 1939 in Oil City, Pennsylvania; he worked a wide variety of jobs throughout his life. He was a truck driver, a dairy farmer, a mechanic, a funeral home worker, a fruit farmer and proudly served in the Army to name a few.
He was a man who knew a lot about a lot as a result of his diverse set of experiences and a love for research, and as a result, could visit with anyone, intelligently. Never one to sit idly by, he was always busy, always engaged and always wanted to make a difference.
Living in numerous locales across the northeastern United States and down the east coast, his love for people and conversation thrived and he never met a stranger.
He was a loving husband, a devoted father and generous to a fault. In his final years in Texas, he discovered a land that he loved immensely and he made many new friends
He is survived by his wife Judith Ann Cousins; his daughters, Jay Ann Currie of Austin, Texas, and Dana Rae Cox of Orlando, Florida; his sons, Chris Cousins and Lynn Cousins, both of New Castle, and Anthony Soliz of Kansas City; his brothers, Bill Cousins and Dennis Cousins; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Cousins, and his mother, Helen Cousins.
A private memorial service will be held on June 3, 2017, in Vanderpool, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society.
Published on  May 31, 2017