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1959 – 2020

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James “Jimmy” Karonka, 61, of Anderson, passed away peacefully Monday, October 12, 2020, at his sisters home in Bryan. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 15, at Nobles Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service at the family cemetery in Anderson. A celebration of his life will be held at the home after interment. Rev. Bob Wolfert will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.

James was born in Bryan, Texas on January 19, 1959 to Arch and Mary Ann (Pasket) Karonka. He was the oldest of two children. James attended school in Anderson and later became a skilled carpenter. No stranger to hard work, James could often be seen swinging a hammer on a fence or working on a home in the soaring Texas heat.

James loved hunting, fishing, gardening, cold beer, and good country music. He enjoyed dancing, and will be remembered as one of the best dancers in Grimes County. James never met a stranger and always had a positive outlook on life. He was loyal and dependable to family and friends and never parted either without a hug and the words, “I love you with my whole heart”.

He is survived by his only sibling and her husband, Shirley and Steve Alvarado of Bryan; uncles, Sylvestor Karonka and David Pasket; nephew, Stephen Alvarado, nieces, Stephanie (Waylon) Weston and Sonya (Adrian) Alvarado; and great niece and nephew, Kaitlynn and Jacob.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Jerome Pasket, Jeffery Pasket, Alfredo Diaz, Stephen Alvarado, Roniee Vanegas and Waylon Weston.

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