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.
James A. Glover
Athens- Funeral services for James A. Glover 65, Athens have been scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Erick Graham officiating.
Athens – Graveside Services for Celeste Welch, 95, of Athens, formerly of Tyler, are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Noonday Cemetery in Noonday, with the Rev. Tom Bragdon officiating.
Robert James ‘Bob’ Grand-Lienard, Jr.
Robert James “Bob” Grand-Lienard, Jr., 83, of Murchison, passed away May 19, 2013. He was born March 9, 1930 in Boston, Mass., to Dr. Robert James Sr., and Edna (May) Grand-Lienard.
Frances S. Wilcox
Athens – Graveside Services for Frances Wilcox, 77, of Brownsboro are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Carroll Springs Cemetery near Athens, with the Rev. Terry Thomison officiating.
Mrs. Wilcox went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Chandler.
Linda J. Jones
February 11, 1945 – May 20, 2013
Linda J. Jones, 68, of Hewitt, Texas, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Malakoff Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Marshall officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard, Waco.
Wilma Cunningham Reaves
Wilma Cunningham Reaves of Mena, Ark. passed away on May 8 at Mena Regional Hospital after a short illness. She was 94 years-old. Wilma was born on May 13, 1918 in Macon County, Mo. to Paul and Bertha Cunningham.
Velma Kensey Keeton
Services for Velma Keeton, 94, Mesquite, formerly of Athens are scheduled for 12 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev.
Lonnie K. Allen
Memorial services for Lonnie K. Allen, 69, Malakoff, are scheduled for 10 am, Thursday, May 23 at Malakoff Cemetery with Lynette Soloman officiating.
Glenda Sue Crowell
Services for Glenda Sue Crowell, 61, of Athens, are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday May 18, 2013 at Eubank Chapel with the Rev. Don Rogers officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
Mary Elizabeth Carter
Services for Mary Elizabeth Carter of Mabank will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Dan Carter and Bob Patterson officiating. Interment to follow the service at Chinquapin Cemetery.
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