Graveside services are scheduled at South Park Cemetery on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. for Troy James, age 90, of Roswell, who passed away on March 20, 2014 at Mission Arch Nursing Home. Reverend Jim Bignell of Aldersgate UMC will officiate. Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services. Troy will lie in state on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Ballard Funeral Home from 1 – 7 P.M.
Troy was born on December 8, 1923 in Kirkland, Texas to Leoniel Artie James and Mary Jane (Mollie) Prentice. They both have preceded him in death as well as his wife, Frances Marcell Poteet, 7 brothers, Clifford Lyle James, Leonial Artie James, Jr., Alfred Dean James, Wilbur Lee James, Charles Dana James, Dewayne James and W. L. James. He married Frances Poteet on June 21, 1952 at Midway Baptist Church.
He is survived by one brother, Arnold Eugene James and wife Ida, his daughter, Sherron Price and husband Johnny, Gary Travis James and wife Roxanna, Donald Eugene James, one grandson, Gary Troy James and finance’ Courtney Porter, one granddaughter, Michelle Renee’ Coombes and husband Frank, three great grandsons, Brendan Coombes, Ethan Coombes and Travis James, two great granddaughters, Michaela Coombes and Acadia James and friend Rudy Garcia.
He served in the Navy in World War II from March 7, 1945 to July 19, 1946. He was stationed on an aircraft carrier, the USS Siboney. He did farming and hay hauling. He played his mandolin with Louise Massey and Milton Mabie band and also worked for them. He enjoyed playing his mandolin, guitar and harmonica.
He worked for Johnson Pump Company and Smith Machinery as a farm equipment operator. Then he worked for the Roswell Independent School District as a lunch truck driver at Roswell High School before he retired.
Pallbearers will be Gary Troy James, Frank Coombes, Terry James, Rodney James, Brendan Coombes and Ethan Coombes.
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