Executive Vice President
In memory of James Plato “Jimmy” Pappas
1959 – 2011
We give thanks for the life of Jimmy Pappas whose larger-than-life personality filled any room he entered. Jimmy was a “Man’s Man,” a true friend, a loving and selfless husband, father, son, brother and uncle, a dedicated leader, a man that could always be counted on, and above all, a man whose word was his bond and whose integrity was beyond reproach. First and foremost, Jimmy was a dedicated husband and father. He was incredibly proud of his family, his greatest joy.
James Plato “Jimmy” Pappas, was born in Flushing, New York on the 28th of November 1959. He died on the 10th of September 2011, after a 14-month battle with Lymphoma. Jimmy faced cancer with a tremendous amount of courage and strength.
Jimmy graduated from Memorial High School, Texas A&M University, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’81 and obtained an MBA from the University of Thomas. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Jimmy had a passion for real estate development and enjoyed working to improve the quality of life in communities through the Houston area. His work was an instrumental part of several well-known Houston master-planned developments, including New Territory, First Colony, CITYCENTRE, and most recently, Spring Trails.
Jimmy worked hard and brought a contagious enthusiasm to everything he did. He always gave back and was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Urban Land Institute. He served on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board, which raises money for children’s scholarships.
Jimmy’s interests were curiously diverse. Whether it was racing offshore powerboats, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, cooking, the Greek Festival, driving his convertible, or even waxing poetically about the social worth of lawyers, he did it all with passion and was always “all in.”
In every aspect of his life, Jimmy touched all with his unique engaging character, contagious excitement and understanding of the world and the people within it. He has left us with a good and honorable pattern to follow. He would say that it was “no big deal,” but with a mischievous grin you could see he was happy to make the world a better place for so many. Jimmy’s indelible mark on our community’s past and future will be with us always.