Jimmy D. “Jim” Ivy was born July 1, 1934 to Luther and Flora Ivy in Memphis, Texas, and passed from this life on January 9, 2019 in Hobbs, NM. He was the third of four children. Jimmy graduated from Seminole High School and later attended Western New Mexico University on a football scholarship. He was preceded in death in death by his parents; first wife, Billy June Ivy; siblings: John Ivy, Bobby Ivy, Mary Jo “Jerry” Baker and her husband E.B. Baker; son, Terry Ivy and grandson, Aaron “Brit” Arther.
Jim married the love of his life, Earline Ivy on October 14, 1977, and they recently celebrated 41 wonderful years of marriage.
He retired from Great Plains Water-Texland after 36.5 years of committed service as Superintendent. He attended Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs, NM. Jim was a member of Hobbs Masonic Lodge #63 and a 32nd degree Mason of Las Cruces Valley Scottish Rite. He was also a member of Ballut Abyad Shrine and Lea County Shrine Club. Jim thoroughly enjoyed drinking morning coffee and playing dominos with his brethren.
Jim was a kind, forgiving, and faithful Christian man that never knew a stranger. He loved to attend games and show his support for the Seminole Indians, Hobbs Eagles, and Texas Tech Red Raider basketball teams. He had a spark for life that is remembered through numerous cherished memories and a great deal of love.
He is survived by his wife, Earline Ivy of the home. Children: Marty (Lori) Ivy of Harker Heights, TX; Danny (Angela) Ivy of Elmore, OH; Paul (Cecilia) Ivy of Seminole, TX; Bobby Arther of Hobbs, NM; and Kenneth (Lori) Arther of Roswell, NM. Grandchildren: Misty Johnson, Brandon Arther, Kristy Bell, Chris Ivy, Vickie Ivy, Jenna Arther, Jennifer Hyland, Casey Fisher, Chelsey Ivy, Caitlyn Ivy, Camryn Ivy, Colton Ivy, and Carson Ivy; nine great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 6600 Zuni Rd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I’ve found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up you hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now; he set me free.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.
Travis and Connie TeagueHobbs, NM
Earline and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray in the days ahead happy memories of how Jimmy lived will bring you comfort. With much love, Richard and Brenda Morgan
Brenda R MorganAvondale, AZ
Earline, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death. It was so nice to meet you both at Mom's funeral in March. She thought the world of both of you. Prayers for you and the entire family.
Judy Huston GroundsSaint Amant, LA
Going to miss you, Jimmy
Glenn R ConnollyHobbs, NM
Bobby and family - My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and give the family peace in your hearts.
Joanna CotzHobbs, NM