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1930 - 2016

James Albert May passed away peacefully in Chula Vista, California, on April 26, 2016, after a brief illness. James was born in Fannin County, Texas, on November 13, 1930, to Lula and Albert May. After graduating from Windom High School, he moved to Dallas where he was employed at Adleta Corporation, a wholesale distributor for RCA electronic products. It is there he met his future wife, Charlene Gartman. Married in 1951, James was then drafted into the United States Marine Corps and instructed to report to boot camp at Camp Pendleton, California, in 1952. California would be where he called home for the next 64 years. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, James attended San Diego City College. He would find his career working for Rohr Aircraft Corporation, starting in the Tooling Division. Extensive travel was part of the job, earning hundreds of stamps in his passport in the process. James retired as a chief manufacturing engineer in 1992 after 39 years of service. Upon retirement, James jumped into new experiences like grandparenting, woodworking, genealogy and teaching himself about personal computing and networking. Very detail-oriented, everything he did was with decisive intent, thoroughness, and a smile. He kept in touch with his former friends and co-workers through the Rohr retiree events as well as fellow Marines at the American Legion Post #434. James was preceded in death by Charlene, his wife of 56 years; and his sister, Nona May. He is survived by his sister, Lois Tredway of Richardson Texas; daughters, Suzanne Neidermyer of Nampa, Idaho, and Tricia Kingsley of Coto de Caza, California; sons-in-law, Fred Neidermyer and John Kingsley; and grandchildren, Madison Neidermyer, Harrison Neidermyer, Ross Kingsley and James Mitchell Kingsley. He is also survived by his friend, Nelda Ramsey of Clifton, Texas; brothers-in-law, Donald Gartman of Turnersville, Texas and James Randall Gartman of Pearl, Texas; along with many friends and relatives who loved him dearly. James’ private interment was held in June in Bonita, California, and will be followed by a memorial service at the Tabernacle in Turnersville, Texas, Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. Memorial donations can be made to San Diego Zoological Society. 

James “Jimmy” Leonard Reid, 78, longtime resident of Rochester, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Hillside Medical Lodge in Gatesville, Texas. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Rochester, Texas, with the Reverend Matt Dossey officiating. Burial followed at Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Jimmy was born May 16, 1938, to Manford and Claudia (Hewitt) Reid. He grew up on their farm and followed in his Dad’s footsteps as a farmer. Jimmy graduated from Rochester High School in 1956. There has always been a strong loyalty to his class in Rochester. He loved and played all the sports. He met the love of his life, Marsha Watson, when she came home with his sister from college. They married in 1961 in Jonesboro and farmed together at Rochester. Jimmy never met a stranger at stock shows, baseball games, football games and his gun shows. He was always part of people’s lives. He loved the Rochester Steers and the team his son coached. He and Marsha spent six summers on staff at the beautiful Fun Valley, Colorado. They retired to Jonesboro, Texas, in 2007. Jimmy is a member of Jonesboro Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Texas. “What a man, living out, boys are loyal, girls are true and with the spirit, he loved you.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Manford Reid and Claudia (Hewitt) Reid; and one infant, James Aubrey in 1962. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Marsha Reid of Gatesville, Texas; two sons, Larry Reid and wife Karen of Rotan, Texas, and Matt Reid of Waco, Texas; two grandsons, James Edward of Denton, Texas and Ryan Daniel of San Angelo, Texas; one brother, Nicky Reid of Arma, Kansas; and three sisters, Sharon Mullino of Rochester, Texas, Diane and Andy Wall of Tyler, Texas, and Kay and Glen Weekly of Waco, Texas. Memorials can be given to your favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.