On March 13, 1922, he was born near Bandera to Wallace and Annie (Dugosh) James. He served his country during WWII in the 84th Infantry Division in the European Theater, where he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. His medals and awards included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, several campaign medals, battle stars, good conduct medals and others. Following convalescence, he was discharged from the Army, and returned to Bandera where his career included ranching, farming, utility construction, and sheet metal work for 15 years at TAI in Hondo and Mooney Aircraft in Kerrville, where he was employed in aircraft manufacturing and repair.
He was a member of the Bandera United Methodist Church since 1934, and served as vice-chairman of the administrative board, usher and greeter. He was a past commander of Bandera County Farm Bureau; past director of the Bandera County Junior Livestock Association; and a former member of the Bandera Volunteer Fire Department.
On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Elizabeth Mickelsen of Tarpley, a former Bee County native, who survives him. Other survivors include a daughter, Minneana James; and a brother, C.L. “Cap” James, both of Bandera; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Mickeleen James, in 1955; a sister and four brothers.
Visitation was held at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera on Sunday, Sept. 28, and funeral services were held at Grimes Chapel on Monday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Everette Boyce and Rev. Bob Scott officiating. Burial followed in Bandera Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Colony Cemetery in Bee County, c/o Roland Beck, P.O. Box 122, Normanna, TX 78142; Bandera United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 128, Bandera, TX 78003; Bandera Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 424, Bandera; or the charity of choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera.