Funeral services for Jimmie “Lee” Champion, 81, of Edgewood, were held Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Hiett’s LyBrand Chapel in Edgewood. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
He passed away on May 27, 2019, at his home in
Edgewood. He was born Jan. 6, 1938, in Emory to John Isaac and Parlee Snell Champion.
He was raised in Emory but spent most of his adult life in Dallas. On March 29, 1961, he married Iris Ann Champion in Durant, Okla.
In his early years, he worked doing drywalling and later owned and operated several used car lots.
In 1985, he moved back to Emory and opened Cut-Rate Mobile Homes. In 1992, he and Iris opened and operated The Blue Jean Man store in Edgewood until her passing in 2008, at which time their oldest son, Steve, took over the family business.
In his younger years, he enjoyed dancing at the Long Horn Ball Room and Patty Club in Dallas. While living in Emory in the 1990s, he took up song writing and enjoyed singing at the Point Jamboree and Thousand Trails in Tawakoni.
In his later years, he picked up dancing again and spent time at the Stardust near Canton.He is preceded in death by his wife, Iris Ann Champion; parents, John Issac and Parlee Snell Champion; brothers, Elmer Lee Champion, James Russell Champion, Charlie Evans Champion, William Preston Champion, Joe Allison Champion; and sisters, Faye Nell Champion, Leavy Janetta Champion, Mary Naomi Champion, and Della Louise Champion.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Lee Champion and Gretta Brock of Edgewood; Martin Dale Champion and wife, Elsy, of Royse City; grandchildren, Michael Joe Champion, Amanda Marie Champion, Isaac Scott Champion, Sarah Elizabeth Champion, and great-grandchildren Morgan, Sterling, and Diesel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219.