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James Howard Tutle

March 16, 1950 — March 19, 2023

Wills Point

James Howard Tutle



James “Jimmy” Howard Tutle passed away on March 19, 2023 due to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). He was 73 years old. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Jimmy managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his family, who he adored.


Jimmy was born March 16, 1950, to JH and Mildred (Lamb) Tutle in Wills Point, Texas, the youngest of two children. He attended school in Mesquite, Texas.


Jimmy is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he served honorably in the United States Navy.


Jimmy valued hard work, honesty, and the value of a man's word. He was a simple man with a big smile. If you ever got the pleasure of meeting Jimmy you instantly loved him. Jimmy could build and fix anything. 


Jimmy married Brenda Leslie in Dallas, Texas. Together they had 4 children, Troy, twins Todd and Tracie and Timmy. Jimmy and Brenda were married for 11 years.


Jimmy met and married Joanna Biggerstaff Hopper in Mesquite, Texas in 1983.

Jimmy and Joanna later made their home in Wills Point, Texas. They were married for 39 years.


Jimmy is survived by son Troy and wife Amy Tutle of Sunnyvale, Texas; son Todd Tutle of Caddo Mills, Texas: daughter Tracie and husband Justin Robinson of Caddo Mills, Texas; and son Timmy and wife Page Tutle of Rockwall, Texas, daughter Laura Hopper Mosier and husband Jeff Mosier of Independence, Iowa; Texas; 13 grandkids, 19 great grandkids; niece Ray Ann Farris of Bonham, Texas.


Jimmy is preceded in death by wife Joanna, parents JH and Mildred Tutle, sister Margaret and grandson Zachary Hopper.


Please help us celebrate his life Friday March 31, 2023, at the Higher Ground Cowboy Church. Services will be at 10:30 am and be officiated by Pastor Gary.


Jimmy's final resting place will be at Myrtle Springs Cemetery, Myrtle Springs, Texas.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jimmy's name to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home of Terrell, TX.

The online register can be signed at

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Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, March 31, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Higher Ground Cowboy Church

2585 E Quinlan Pkwy, Quinlan, TX 75474

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