Jimmy Ray Ishmael
7/5/1957 - 6/5/2018

Jimmy Ray Ishmael, 60, of Celeste, passed away on June 5, 2018 at the Farmersville Health and Rehab.  There will be a visitation, Friday, June 8, 2018 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.  No services are scheduled.

Jimmy was born on July 5, 1957 in Greenville, Texas to Billy Ray and Jimmie Farrell Campbell Ishmael.  He worked in the fabrication of metal industry and was of the Christian faith.

Jimmy was best known for his love for his family, friends and involvement in the community.  His family was his life, and he made each one know how special they were to him. He was a member of the Church of Christ.  He attended First Baptist Church of Kingston, and enjoyed working with the youth and helping with men’s outreach and cookouts.  During his lifetime, he was involved with the Greenville Jaycees Christmas Parades and fund raising, Northeast Texas Rods and Classics, Cash Volunteer Fire Department and other organizations.  His laughter and personality filled the space he occupied, and helped make a house home, work fun and service projects far from boring.  He knew what hard work was and enjoyed pitching in.  Just prior to his illness, he was employed as a design engineer at JC Worley Ornamental Ironworks in Wylie, and worked on the side for Rick Sampson and John Gotcher and many other home builders as a carpenter.  He could make something awesome out of scraps of building materials and metal, and took the extra time to make it special and with character.   His family, many friends and running buddies will miss him greatly.

Jimmy is survived by his son, Joshua Ishmael; daughter, Courtney Ishmael and fiancé, Troy Bonneville; mother to his children, Diann Jones, all of Celeste; brother, Billy F. Ishmael of Greenville; sister, Judie Massey and husband, John of Greenville; grandchildren, Levi Ray Bonneville, Tucker Lee Bonneville; nephew, John Massey, III and niece, Kayla Massey.

He is preceded in death by his parents.




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