May 25, 2023
James Willingham, End of Watch May 21, 2023.
He faithfully served in the USAF for 10 years of active duty followed by many years of service in the Army and USAF Reserves. He continued to serve as a Police Officer in Green River, WYO. His law enforcement career led him to work at Denton County District Attorney's Office in Denton, TX. His talent in computer forensics led to specialized training and certifications. He considered his time working in the Digital Forensic Lab at Fort Worth Police Department as the best job he ever had. He was a Reserve Officer at Cooke County Sheriff's Office for many years. His job included courtroom testimony that led to hundreds of guilty convictions and long prison sentences that resulted in removing murderers, pedophiles, and predators from society. He was an advocate for victims and their families. His brilliant intelligence, articulate speech and writing skills made him a force to be reckoned with. May God Bless and keep safe all of his supervisors, co-workers, prosecutors, judges and fellow law enforcement officers. He enjoyed his time working with you. He earned the nickname of 'Old War Dog'.
In the process of his beloved career, he was blessed to have a stable home life with his wife of almost 50 years, Leslie (Jones) Willingham. He encouraged her to have a full life as a mother, artist, Texas Peace Officer, and IAI Certified Forensic Artist. Their family had 3 sons and grew to include 7 grandchildren and great-grandchild.
He is survived by his parents, E. W. Willingham and Billie J. Willingham, Son Andrew and wife Lisa, Son Kevin and wife Stacy, Grandchildren Shellie and husband Jordan, Kirsten, Haley, James, Cole, Stella, Asher and Great-granddaughter Vayda, Sister Donna and husband Jim, Brothers Ben and wife Brenda, Byron, and Mitch and wife Heather.
He is preceded in death by his son, Daniel and sister-in-law Kim.
A celebration of life will be held at Callisburg Church of Christ on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 2:00pm. The family requests those attending to stay and enjoy a meal with them after the services. We hope you will all meet one another and remember your time with Jim.
There will be no graveside services because he wished to be interred in a family gathering at a later date.