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.
Athens – Funeral services for Mattie Mullinax, 77, of Athens, Texas are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens, Texas with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Patterson Cemetery near Cross Roads, Texas.
Lawanda Jean Austin
Services for Lawanda Jean Austin, 81, of Richardson, Texas, are scheduled for 11:00 am Friday March 7, 2014 at Eubank Funeral Chapel with Bro. Steve Glosup officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
MURCHISON-Services for Pam Ballow, 62 of Murchison are scheduled for 2:00 P M Thursday at First Baptist Church in Murchison with Bro. Curtis Chandler officiating.
Athens – Funeral services for Jerry Davis, 70, of Athens, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens, Texas with Bro. Gene Bishop officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later time.
David Kendall Drummond
BROWNSBORO - Services for David Kendall Drummond, 53, Brownsboro are scheduled for 5:00 P M Thursday at the Shelby Chapel Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. John E. Green officiating.
Windy Dawn Pettiette
Services for Windy Dawn Pettiette, 39, of Kilgore will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery of Crossroads, TX. Mrs. Pettiette passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Kilgore.
Jozell Worsham Weesner
BROWNSBORO-Services for Jozell Worsham Weesner, 93 of Brownsboro are scheduled for 4:00 P M Sunday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating.
ATHENS-Funeral services for Malcolm Edwards, 86, of Athens are scheduled for 11:00 A M Monday, March 3, 2014 in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Terry Thomison and Rev. Shane Williams officiating.
ARABI, LOUISIANA-Graveside services and interment for Jimmy Williams, 59, of Arabi Louisiana are scheduled for 4:00 P M Monday, March 3, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Tom Williams officiating.
Jason D. Thomas
Athens – A Celebration of the life of Jason D. Thomas, 45, of Athens is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson and Dr. Tony Romans officiating.
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