James Richard Ogburn, Sr. passed away January 14, 2013 at the age of 80 in Houston, Texas. He was born October 23, 1932 to Richard and Oleta Reeves Ogburn in Brinkley, Arkansas.
Following graduation from high school in Mt. Holly, Arkansas, he attended the University of Tulsa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and was chapter president of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation he worked in Kansas City as a stockbroker and then joined IBM Corporation. He spent his career with IBM in Tulsa, St. Louis, New York/White Plains and Austin. He was involved with marketing and support of mainframe IBM computers early in his career, and was promoted to Senior Planner in Austin, where he helped bring together marketers, engineers and executives to develop the first IBM home computers. He retired from IBM in 1990 after 35 years of service.
His retirement was spent remodeling houses, working in his workshop and traveling. He especially enjoyed taking cruises with his wife and family. The highlight of his travels was a two week cruise to Spain, Italy, Turkey, Malta and Egypt, where he fulfilled his lifelong dream to see the Pyramids. A friendly, outgoing person, he especially enjoyed the annual 4th of July celebration at his son’s home on Lake Athens. He loved vintage cars and was always ready for a car show, whether it was in Scottsdale, Arizona or Dallas, Texas.
He was a past member of the Lions Club and was a Boy Scout leader while his sons were in scouting. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis; children Jim Ogburn, Jr., M.D., and wife Maria of Athens, Texas; Joel Ogburn and wife Lisa of Manvel, Texas; grandchildren William and Zachary of Athens, Texas and Lauren of Manvel, Texas; sisters Martha Watson and Dot Lewis and husband Pat of Mt. Holly, Arkansas; brother Ralph of Pueblo West, Colorado, plus numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.
Per his wishes he was creamated. Also per his wishes, his ashes will be spread in the Gulf so, as he put it, “I can continue my travels all over the world.”
If desired, remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Henderson Count Humane Society, P.O. Box 162, Athens, Texas 75751, to honor his love of animals.
Funeral services for Willie Sims will be at 11 a.m., April 23 at Mt. Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernests K. Browning, Euogist presiding.
Burial will be in North Athens Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Garrett & Tucker.
Mr. Sims died April 17, 2014 in Tyler. He was born April 22, 1942 in Athens, and attended Fisher High School, where he was in the class of 1960.
Rev. O.E. Davis
ATHENS- Services for Rev. O. E. Davis, 85 of Athens are scheduled for 11:00 A M Tuesday at Main Street United Pentecostal Church in Gun Barrel City with Rev. Tim Weatheread, Rev. Stephen Daywitt, Rev. Chris Bankard and Rev. Kevin Prince officiating.
Sharon Fuller Ellis
ATHENS-Services for Sharon Fuller Ellis, 62, Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Tuesday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating.
Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Sharon passed away April 17, 2014 in Tyler.
Barbara C. Hughes
Athens – Funeral services for Barbara C. Hughes, 70, of Flower Mound, Texas, formerly of Athens, are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Bro. Gordon McDaniels officiating. Interment will follow at Poynor Cemetery in Poynor, Texas.
Jo Faye Sisk
GREENVILLE-Graveside services and interment for Jo Faye Sisk, 81 of Greenville, formerly of Baxter is scheduled for 2:00 P M Monday at Davis Cemetery with Rev. Danny Bristow officiating.
Jo passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Rowlett.
ATHENS-A memorial service for Del Reierson, 87 of Athens is scheduled for 11:00 A M Saturday in First Christian Church with Rev. Lynette Solomon officiating.
Her cremains will be interred at Post Oak Cemetery beside her late husband Charles T. “Dude” Reierson.
Athens – Funeral services for James Rogers, 90, of Athens, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens with Bro. Mike Dean officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 21, 2014 at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Royce Coleman Oler, Jr.
Royce Coleman Oler, Jr., 85, born in Dallas, Texas, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 peacefully at home with family by his side.
A.D. Carter, Jr.
ATHENS-Graveside services and interment for A. D. Carter, Jr., 84 of Temecula, California are scheduled for 2:00 P M Friday at Post Oak Cemetery with Rev. Larry Fondren officiating. Services are under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Esther ‘Reynolds’ Edwards
ATHENS-Services for Esther Reynolds Edwards, 95 of Athens are scheduled for 3:00 P M Monday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Dr. C. W. Bess officiating.
Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
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