Jim was born to James “Orville” and Cora Wingate on March 29, 1930 in Wayne, Oklahoma. He married Paulette Gaddy of Dalhart on December 26, 1980.
Jim moved to the Texas Panhandle from Oklahoma in 1957 with his then wife Patricia (Wilson) while working for Taylor Evans. In 1962, he founded Wingate Fumigation & Farm Supply,which grew to become a major supplier of agriculture products from grain handling equipment to implements. He helped farmers and ranchers around the world design creative and innovative automation systems. Jim farmed and ranched in Texas, New Mexico, and Missouri for several years, helped his children grow and prosper, and developed many long time friendships.
Whether it was helping someone he just met ship out cattle before the first snowstorm, or helping out a friend or family member who fell short on support or funds, Jim was always there. Jim was a man people could count on. He believed in people and their ability to do things they could only dream of. He supported, inspired, and encouraged people to achieve their dreams. Many have said, “I always knew Jim had my back.”
Jim played catcher for his high school baseball team and was an avid baseball fan his whole life. In his later years, he followed the Texas Rangers closely and rarely missed a televised game. In 2010, he went to the ballpark in Arlington to see the Rangers play in the playoffs with his sons and grandsons.
Jim enjoyed nothing more than getting together with family and friends. It didn’t matter if it was a hunting or fishing trip, a week in Mexico, or a game of cards or dominos; he was there with a smile ready to make the most of it. He was a good cowboy, father, husband, businessman, and friend to all those fortunate enough to encounter him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Jerry
Survivors include his wife of 36 years Paulette; three adult children, Gayle Ekins and husband Mike of Spokane Washington, J. Bryan Wingate and wife Mary of Amarillo, and Mark W. Wingate and wife Jeanette of Amarillo; two step-daughters, Taysha Stanton and Laryssa Bliss both of Amarillo, his sister Mary George of Lexington, Oklahoma; eightgrandchildren, Shanna, Melissa, Cris, Jenna, Matthew, John, Courtney, and Kaedyn; and fourteen great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Cox Funeral Home Chapel located at 4180 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79109.