This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Stevens, our friend and former co-worker, whose untimely passing on Friday, October 30, was a shock to us all.
At Jimmy’s service, I missed the opportunity to let his family and friends know the impact he had on all of those with whom he worked. His title insurance career started in May 2003 when his uncle, Donnie Dennis, contacted Title Resources Guaranty Company (TRGC). Donnie, an agent for TRGC, ran Border Abstract in Laredo and asked if there were any openings. Jimmy was hired to assist in the Policy Department. It was during the ten years he worked at TRGC that we got to know Jimmy as an attentive and caring father of two young boys–Austin and Justin; an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and golf; and a dedicated worker who always got the job done right. He constantly looked for ways to grow in his job and eventually moved into a supportive role in the Agency Department.
I remember Jimmy’s cubicle decorated with pictures of his boys as they grew up over the years. He always talked about how well they were doing in school and how proud he was of their accomplishments. He was an attentive dad who made sure the boys made it home every day after school and stayed busy working on their homework assignments.
Jimmy loved to hunt, particularly bow hunting. One year, he brought in the bow that he had handcrafted for the upcoming hunting season. He was also an outstanding golfer and used his talents at a variety of golf outings the company sponsored. He had a swing that would rival many college-level players.
It was at work that his dedication to doing the job right shined. He always had that “Jimmy smile” and loved to laugh. If you asked for his help, he was there in an instant willing to take on any task, big or small, and always did it right. To further his career, Jimmy expressed an interest in becoming an agency representative and accompanied the reps on a few road trips and was excited about a potential change in his career. As fate would have it, that change in his career was not as an agency representative with an underwriter but as an escrow officer with an independent agent. Jimmy made that change in 2012 and joined American Title Assurance of Texas, Inc. (ATAT), an independent agent opening its first office in Texas. ATAT President Dan Rover shared his respect and admiration for Jimmy at the service.
We will always remember Jimmy because he was a good man, a good friend, a good employee, and a good dad to his teenage sons. We will miss his smile and his laugh and just miss being with him.