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.
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.
John Edwin Rogers
ATHENS-Funeral services for John Edwin Rogers of Athens are scheduled for 1:00 P M Monday at East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society, 1601 Patterson Road.
Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery.
A Masonic graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Old Kit Cemetery, Irving, with Jerry Dorety officiating, under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home of Van.
Mr. Dorety passed to his heavenly home on April 11, 2014 at the age of 91 in Ben Wheeler.
MURCHISON-Funeral services for Brittany Nemeth, 19 of Murchison is scheduled for 11:00 AM Friday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Bro. Matt Hollensworth officiating.
Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery.
Brittany passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Fort Worth.
Michael Joseph Melton
MALAKOFF-Services for Michael Joseph Melton, 30, Malakoff are scheduled for 2:00 P M Friday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Pastor Johnny Morgan officiating.
Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery in Murchison.
Jerry Dean Whitley
ATHENS-Services for Jerry Dean Whitley, 51, Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Thursday at First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Ken Jones and Bro. Brian Williams officiating.
Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Mr. Whitley passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 in Athens.
Athens – Memorial services for Georgia McKelvey, 73, of Athens, Texas will be held at a later date.
She passed from this life Monday, April 7, 2014 in Athens, Texas.
Jack Edward Kuntze
ATHENS-Services for Jack Edward Kuntze, 77, Athens are scheduled for 3:00 P M Wednesday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with Jeff Howard officiating.
Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Miriam Maxine Attaway
Graveside services for Miriam Maxine Attaway, of Clever, MO, were held Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank, TX with Rev. Bill Nowell officiating. Miriam was born on February 18, 1917 in Martins Mill, TX to parents Barnett and Carrie (Wallace) Gunn and entered into eternal rest on April 3, 2014 at the age of 97.
TYLER-A memorial service for Helen Kemp, 80 of Tyler, formerly of Athens is scheduled for 2:00 P M Saturday at First Christian Church with Rev. Kern Railsback and Rev. Chris Pulliman officiating.
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