James R. Irwin II

  • Born: September 3, 1945
  • Died: January 14, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Ross Irwin, II was born on September 3, 1945, in San Antonio to Virginia Lee Pulliam Irwin and Paul Ross Irwin. He attended all grades and graduated from Alamo Heights Schools, attended San Antonio Junior College for two years, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin. He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was selected to serve as an Airborne Reconnaissance Specialist in the Security Services as a Russian Linguist. After 4 years of service, he received an honorable discharge holding the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then joined his father in the family business, Audiphone Company of South Texas. He earned his Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1979.

While in El Paso, he met his future wife, Pamela Lorraine Walters, whom he married at St. Matthews Catholic Church in El Paso, June 5, 1981. They made their home in Castle Hills and were blessed with two fine children of whom they are very proud, Emily Lorraine Irwin Rose and Andrew Ross Irwin. He is survived by his wife; children; grandson, Jaxon Rose; and his sister, Elizabeth "Libby" Cahalan.

Jim was a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, Deacon, Ruling Elder, and Clerk of the Session for Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, first as a Cub and Boy Scout of Troop 53 at Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, and as an adult, a Scout Leader and Den Leader of Troop 445 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He was a guest lecturer at Our Lady of the Lake University and served as a director of the Texas Hearing Aid Association. He was semi-retired but continued to assist his clients in his home as well as at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center. Jim had a dry sense of humor, loved to tell stories and jokes, and read the obituaries daily, always commenting "I don't see my name in the obits, I guess I have to go to work".

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Rev. Dr. Richard Knott, Jr. will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to the family of a great man. I first Mr. Irwin in the 80's, I was in my early twenties at the time. I have a severe hearing impairment. I was struggling to find a job because I could not use the phone very good. He help me get a Phonic Ear for the phone and it changed my whole life. I loved visiting with him. I loved listening to his stories. He was extremely helpful to me with the depression I had because of my hearing loss. Because of him I kept seeking farther and now I am proud to say I am a recipient of a Cochlear Implant all because of Mr. Irwin. He taught me to never give up. My implant has been a blessing. Just as Mr. Irwin always was a blessing to me. Thank you Mr. Irwin I will greatly miss you. But, I will still talk to you in my prayers.

Posted by Vicki Williams - San Antonio, WA   January 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Jim
I never met him but talked to him once. He was fun. Sorry I never got to meet him.

Dorothy (Pulliam) Jones. 76
Royal Oak, Michigan
Daughter of Irmon Parker Pulliam

Posted by Dorothy (Pulliam) Jones - Royal Oak, MI   January 21, 2019

"I saw an eagle fly . . . " Farewell fellow "Silent Warrior." We may not have served in the same places, but you served with an elite fraternity. You will be remembered at the Freedom Through Vigilance Association Remembrance ceremony this Fall.

Posted by Pete Siegel - San Antonio, TX - Served in the Military together   January 20, 2019

My mother and I are totally devastated by Jim's passing. He was a very close friend and a terrific neighbor and we very much appreciated him and everything he did with us. We will really miss him. Our sincerest condolences on his loss. Ann and David Kanter

Posted by David Kanter - San Antonio, TX - Neighbor   January 19, 2019

Our hearts are saddened by your loss. We are thinking about you and praying for comfort. - Craig and Sandra Welzenbach

Posted by Sandra Welzenbach - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX - Coworker   January 19, 2019

He was a fine gentleman. He helped my late husband Walter St.James with his hearing aid. Prayers for the family.
Barbara St.James

Posted by Barbara St.James - Boerne, TX - Friend   January 18, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the Irwin family. Jim made such a great contribution to the AHPC Choir, and I so enjoyed him being a part of the group while I was choir director. He always had a joke, a silly pun, and a smile. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Beth Garay - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 18, 2019

Pam I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing and of your loss. I remember you both fondly.

Posted by Antoinette Garza - San Antonio, TX   January 17, 2019

Pam, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I hope warm memories bring you comfort and peace.

Posted by Denise Wilkinson - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 17, 2019

Pam, my deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in your family, friends and faith during this difficult time.

Posted by Dinorah Sanchez - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 17, 2019

Libby, my condolences to you and all your family on the death of your brother. May you be comforted by your faith and your good memories.

Posted by Gail Moore Streun - Seguin, TX   January 17, 2019

Emily, Your dad led a wonderful life and gave so much of himself to those around him. I know you will missing him lots. Now it's up to you to tell those wonderful stories to your son about his grandpa. Sorry for your families loss. Praying for healing for you and your family.

Posted by Dana Evans - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

Pam, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Bobbie Livingston McFadden - Mesquite, TX - Classmate   January 16, 2019

Jimmy was a good friend, classmate, and fellow church member with such a gentle and kind spirit. Praying for Libby and all the family -- his wife, children and grandchild.

Posted by Toni Lincecum Casteel - Austin, TX   January 16, 2019

Dear Pam, Emily and Andrew
I am so sorry for your loss. I for one will truly miss him! I will miss his out of nowhere phone calls and his funny jokes (Yes, they were dry sometime, but funny!) He was a hoot!!! He was practically like family to me ever since I started working with you Pam. If any of you ever need anything you know I am here always. I love y'all and you are all in my thoughts, heart and prayers. Heaven just received another angel...

Posted by Debbie Irizarry - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 16, 2019

Posted by Toni Lincecum Casteel - Austin, TX   January 16, 2019

Pam, I am sad and sorry for your loss of Jim which happened too soon. As a relative on his mother's side, I am grateful for the work he did to find history of the Pulliam family and share with the rest of us. His work down here may be done, but from all I know about him he has left a cherished legacy and he will be long remembered. Rest in peace, Jim Irwin.

Posted by Carolyn Pulliam Harris - Bristol, TN - Family   January 16, 2019

Pam we are thinking of you during this very difficult time. Please know that you are missed and loved. We hold you and your family in our hearts and prayers.
Elise Lopez, Marshall HS

Posted by elise lopez - san antonio, TX - Teacher   January 16, 2019


Jim was a good friend & class mate at AHHS. Was good to see him at our 50th class reunion. Condolences to Jim's family.

Posted by Lavelle Brown - San Antonio, TX - Classmate   January 16, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss, Pam, Emily and Andrew. I know that Jim was loved greatly by you all and as the pain lessens, you will be left with wonderful memories of your times with him.

Posted by Terry Palin - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 16, 2019

Pam ,my sincere condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Al Castillo - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

Pam....my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Susan Marron - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

My condolences, my family will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Christopher Gamboa - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

You will be terribly missed by me. I so enjoyed your Whitt and your ability to discuss faith in Hod with me. Thank you Mr Jim for being a great humble man with a quiet spirit and a great asset to the Habilitation dept at SSSLC.

Posted by Tracy Smallwood - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

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