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.
Dora ‘Velma’ Whittenberg
Dora “Velma” Ward Whittenberg passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Corsicana, Texas where she had made her home with her daughter. Born and raised east of Crossroads in the Becks Chapel Community, she lived in Henderson County for 90 years.
Randall ‘Randy’ Spurgeon
MORGAN-Services for Randall Ray Spurgeon, 61 of Morgan are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Harbor Baptist Church, 12059 SH 198 South, Gun Barrel City with Rev. George Yarger officiating.
Burial will follow in Payne Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Eula Bea Cox Vaughn
Graveside services for Eula Bea Cox Vaughn, 87, of Athens, are scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Shelby Cemetery with Pastor Mark Fulks officiating.
George Paul Shannon
Bradford, TX - A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date for George Paul Shannon, 76, of Bradford. He passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home in Bradford.
Dr. James W. Smith
ATHENS-Dr. James W. Smith passed away at his home in Athens July 13, 2014 after a short illness.
Victoria Ann Wyatt
Funeral services for Victoria Ann Wyatt, 4, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County, Texas.
Barbara Joan Arthur
Barbara Joan Arthur, 78, of Athens, passed peacefully from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate Joan’s life, Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:30 A.M. at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens with Julius Ray Tapley officiating.
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Williford Reeve
Services for Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Williford Reeve, 90, of Eustace will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens, with Bro. Mike Dean and Jack Houghton officiating.
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.
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