Edens, James R.

July 24, 1963 - June 9, 2020

James R. Edens was born July 24, 1963.  He was a resident of Irving, Texas.  He enjoyed windsurfing, sailing, music, and his family.  In 1981, he graduated from Irving High School.  He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the University of North Texas.  James had a wonderful sense of humor and music was his soul.  In his youth, James played the drums in his garage bands.  Throughout his life some could say he was a nerd. He loved to tinker with amateur electronics, watch science fiction TV and fly homemade model rockets. He shared these activities with his three children.

James is survived by his mother Elizabeth Edens, brother John Edens, son Jared Surratt, daughter Jessica Surratt, daughter Mikayla Edens and grandson Logan Surratt.

Services to be held at Aria Crematory and Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Viewing will be held from 4-6pm and the service will immediately follow.

Loved by many, James will live in the hearts of them all.

12 replies on “Edens, James R.”

John VAn Hausen says:

James was a big part of my life through High School as the drummer of our band. Great guy. Wish we could have stayed connected.

Jason Coon says:

We will miss you

Rob Fuentes says:

So very sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with you. I was in my first band with James. That was the best summer of my youth. I have never forgotten that summer and group of friends.

Linda DiPaola Coon says:

James has left us all too soon. Every time I wear the neon t-shirt he gave me last Christmas, I’ll remember and miss him.

Carolyn & Harold Elkins says:

Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time.

Sheila Hrabal says:

I was just informed today and am sad to hear this. I knew James since he was 8 years old. Later in life, James and I were together 10 years in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. He definitely loved his drums and Rush was his favorite band. He also loved to sing and had a pretty good voice. He even entered a singing contest at the Mall and won 2nd place! We spent many hours at the lake wind-surfing and sailing his dad’s yacht…he really knew his way around that craft. I remember how excited he was when Paige told him he was going to be a father! He was a brainiac in some ways and a goofball in others. He had a great sense of humor and tried hard to be kind to everyone. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Mike Hrabal says:

James was such a good guy. We had been friends since 3d grade. He played drums for the Omegas (which weren’t a real band) and was always up for having a good time. I talk about him often and will continue to do so. He was stolen from us too soon.

Wesley Edwards says:

Great friends are not allowed to be here long enough

Mike Hrabal says:

James was such a good guy. We had been friends since 3d grade. He played drums for the Omegas (which weren’t a real band) and was always up for having fun. I talk about him often and will continue to do so. He was stolen from us too soon.

Frank Anderson says:

I just found out about this. Condolences to his family. I haven’t seen him in years, but often thought about him. RIP James. Heaven has a new drummer.

Richard Gillespie says:

James lived up the street from me behind the mall. I remember waiting for the school bus and noticed he had drumsticks in his back pockets. I said Hey we should start a band! We had Dwain Keith Young on bass, Robert Fuentes on rhythm guitar, me on lead and James holding the groove on drums. He practiced relentlessly playing along to his favorite Rush songs. It wasn’t long before he had an awesome drum set befitting his abilities! Keith got a Rickenbacker bass like Geddy’s, Robert got a brand new Peavey T-60 and I got my ’76 Sunburst Gibson Les Paul and our amps were bigger. Lol. I feel bad for our neighbors, but those days in that garage were probably the happiest days of my life. God bless his mom for being SO patient, understanding and supportive of all of us. And God bless Robert’s mom fir picking us up at the Texaxas Jam at 3am in her little Honda. James was a great drummer, great band ate and even better friend.

Genie says:

I am so very sorry to hear that Jamie has passed, he was far too young. My deepest condolences to his mom, brother, children, and remainin family. He was a gentleman, thoughtful of others, and made me laugh constantly. His soul will be missed by many.

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