Jim was born on Aug. 19, 1946, and from that moment on, very much a free spirit. Not a dull moment was experienced during his time on this earth. He lived in the moment, and took joy in many interests until his departure from this life on Nov. 25, 2012.
Jim was a headstrong and driven man. His love of racing cars was the driving force behind the opening of his machine shop, where he exhibited a talent for building high-performance engines for himself and others.
Jim also enjoyed hunting of all kinds, particularly the annual trips he took with his buddies to Colorado. Fishing was another of his loves, along with simple pleasures in his life, such as frying turkeys at the holidays, or cooking for a group of friends at the shop.
In his early years, Jim was a butcher for Tom Thumb. It was there that he met Lanna, his good friend for many years, who became his wife nine years ago.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Judy and Gary Gragg, Janice and Curtis Vaughn; a stepdaughter, Kristi James; two grandsons, Dillon Vaughn and Bishop Gragg; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Roy Couch; a niece and nephew and their spouses, Denise and K.C. Gabbert and Casey and Crista Couch; great nieces Kandyce Tull and Brittany Couch; great nephew Cooper Couch.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Jim F. Loden, Sr., his mother, Bonnie McLaughlin Loden Holloway and her husband, Roy Holloway.
Jim was truly a unique individual, his life mirroring this individuality. His life was lived fully, surrounded by his family and a diverse group of friends. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 that 10 a.m at New Hope Funeral Home , US 80 in Sunnyvale, Tx , followed by services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Oaklawn Memorial Park inAthens at 3 p.m.
Graveside services and interment for Sherry Wilson, 70 of Athens is scheduled for 11:00 A M Wednesday at Shelby Chapel Cemetery with Tommy Burch and Rev. Gene Bishop officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Roy Griffin, 81, of Athens are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Bro. Mike Bragdon officiating. Interment will follow at Malakoff Cemetery.
Arlan “A.C.” Morman
Funeral Services for Arlan “A.C.” Morman, 76, of Athens are scheduled for 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery.
Judy Farmer Newman
Judyth Dan Farmer Newman, 75, of De Berry, TX, formerly of Malakoff, passed away Thursday night, July 17, 2014, as a result of a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Cross Roads, TX, with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.
Ruby Fields of Mabank, Texas passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on July 20, 2014 at West Place Nursing Facility in Athens, Texas.
Mahalie Lucille Hicks
ATHENS-A memorial service for Mahalie Lucille Hicks, 90, Athens is scheduled for 1:00 P M Monday in Davis Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Gerardo De La Fuente
Athens– Funeral Services for Gerardo De La Fuente, 19, of Athens are scheduled for 11:30 A.M, Monday, July 21, 2014 at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Father Pancreas officiating. Interment will follow at Shelby Chapel Cemetery.
Betty Sue Tapley Wilson
ATHENS- Services for Betty Sue Tapley Wilson, 72 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 pm Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral home with Bro Gene Bishop and Bro Johnny Allen officiating.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Houston- Roberts, 61, Athens will be at 2pm, Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard L. Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in North Athens Cemetery under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co. Mrs. Roberts died July 12, 2014 at her residence.
Doyle C. Paroline
ATHENS-Services for Doyle C. Paroline, 74 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Friday, July 18 in New York Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Thomas officiating.
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