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Jimmy Ray Fallin

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Jimmy Ray Fallin passed away on June 24, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on June 14, 1942, in Ruston. He grew up in Ruston on Durden Street, and he attended Eastland Elementary School, where, in Mrs. Sunshine’s second grade class, he befriended a new little girl in town named Victoria Ellen Jones.

Neither of them realized it at the time, but that friendship later led to a marriage of 56 years, three daughters, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, a grandson-in-law, a granddaughter-in-law, and two great granddaughters.

A graduate of Ruston High School, Jimmy attended Louisiana Tech University where he earned his degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Jimmy and Vici married on August 21, 1965, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Ruston.

They then moved to Dallas, where Jimmy began his career. Later, Jimmy accepted a job at Texas Instruments, and he, Vici, and their growing family of two daughters, Elizabeth and Laura, moved to Plano, Texas.

There they welcomed their baby girl, Carey, to the mix. Texas Instruments transferred the family to Lubbock, Texas, where they stayed for three years before moving back to Ruston as co-owners of Ruston Lumber and Supply. A few years later, Jimmy returned to his technology-roots, as he accepted a position at Motorola in Austin, Texas. Sixteen years later, Jimmy and Vici retired back to their home, Ruston, where they had resided ever since.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Irene Fallin.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Victoria Jones Fallin, of Ruston; daughter, Elizabeth Fallin Manning and husband Rodney of Ruston; daughter Laura Fallin Ferguson and husband, Jeff of Austin, Texas; daughter Carey Fallin Hurst and husband Jay of Dallas; grandchildren, Matthew Manning and wife Chastin, Mary-Margaret Manning Arnold and husband Nick, Henry, Caty, and Jack Ferguson, and Molly Cate and Ellen Hurst; and great-grandchildren Camilla Kate Manning and Megan Kate Arnold. He is also survived by his beloved aunt, Susie Woodard.

Services will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Monday, June 28, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. in the parish hall and the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer of Ruston or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Willis Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport; Dr. Ben Grigsby and his staff in Ruston; and Mrs. Hannah Longo and the tireless nurses and staff of Passages Hospice for their compassionate care.

Finally the family wants to extend their deepest gratitude to Denise Hadnot, Veronica “Muffin” Edwards, Lisa Burks, and Kimberly Johnson for their extraordinary loving emotional and physical support. Online condolences may be sent to the family at