James Edward Lis

James Edward Lis was born on November 22, 1981, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Rolan Lis and Stephanie Starling. 

James Lis was a loving father and a dedicated military and law enforcement professional who served God and his Country for over 24 years. James was a husband, father, martial artist, and a decorated Marine Corps combat Veteran. 

In his Military service James achieved the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with a ‘V’ for Valor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

James was a Federal Agent with the Office of Secure Transportation, he achieved the title of: Special Response Force team member, Vehicle Lead, Convoy Commander, Special Response Force Squad Commander, and Deputy Director of Operations on Unit 4, Central Command. 

James did not receive his leadership solely for those that he worked with. His dedication to his faith, combined with a servant leadership mindset and a passion for fighting was a tangible reflection of his warrior spirit. James loved to play guitar and he never cooked food that didn’t taste amazing. 

James Lis was an amazing father of five amazing children Makayla Marie, Mercedes Marie, Christoper James, James Henry and David James Lis. In the words of David Lis age 9, “He was the best dad ever.”

James’ greatest passion was Martial Arts. He holds a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a fourth-degree black belt in Kickboxing. 

On February 8, 2024, James married Ashley Root and welcomed his bonus daughter, Zayleigh Floyd to his family. 

James was preceded in death by his stepfather, John Beebe; maternal grandparents, James and Ellen Starling, and paternal grandfather, Edward Lis. He is survived by his wife, Ashley Lis; sons Christpher Lis, James Henry Lis, and David Lis; his daughters, Makayla Lis, Mercedes Lis, and Zayleigh Floyd; his parents, Roland and Dawn Lis, and Stephanie Beebe; his sister Paige Hardy, and his grandmother, Betty Hadley. 

James left this Earth for his heavenly home on Memorial Day, which was quite fitting as he gave everything he had to his Country and His Brothers. “Praise be to The Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.” Psalm 144:1

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1st, at Oasis Southwest Baptist Church (8201 Canyon Drive, Amarillo TX). Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 14200 TX Plains Tr, I-27 Amarillo.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 31st, at Lighthouse Funeral Home, 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo TX. 



  1. Steven Adcock

    I’m James Great Uncle. I am so proud of him. I told him often. He was so full of life. Never meet a stranger in his life. Loved the Marines and his Martial arts and his friends in Martial Arts. He taught martial arts and he loved to teach the young kids. He had started out in martial art at a very young age. He was determined to be the best in what ever he did. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace James.

  2. David W. Starling

    In a world of darkness, James was a light. A good man. I’m so proud to be his uncle. As my last breath leaves this Earthly shell. Let everyone know I am alive and well. For Me, this is not the end. Eternal life today I begin. One step of faith, death cannot hold. As my feet touch down on streets of gold. Beings of light come toward me now. Familiar faces I see in the crowd. May your spirit be lifted on this somber day. I will see you again when you pass away. Follow Lord Jesus, from his ways do not roam. And I will be here to hug you when you make it home. There are no clocks or calendars in heaven. Eternally singing praises to God. I hope in someway I can follow this fine example of a man of God. I love you my nephew. See you soon.

  3. Derrick Huff

    Our worlds were shaken to it’s core this week. James Lis is, and always be my friend. I miss you greatly. I love you, Brother. My heart goes out to all of your family who love you so very much. Semper Fidelis

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