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Obituary of James William Durham – 1979

Source: Pg. 9-B, The Herald-Chronicle, Franklin Co., TN, Thursday Morning, January 18, 1979. See Transcriber Notes at end of document.

Obituary reads:

J.W. Durham, Moore, Dies

James William Durham of Lynchburg died Sunday at Lincoln County Hospital following an extended illness. He was 56.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Durham was a Franklin County native, born Nov. 26, 1922. He was the son of the late Herman Durham and Laura Walker Durham.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Betty Ruth Brown Durham; three daughters, Mrs. Deborah Kay Horton, Tullahoma, Mrs. Opal Schmidt and Mrs. Sadie Houghtelling, both of Dallas, Texas; five sons, Wilson, Shelbyville, James, Charles, Kenneth and Michael Durham, all of Tullahoma; four stepsons, James Puckett and Wayne Brown, Estill Springs, Nickie Puckett, Tullahoma, and Harold Puckett, Chattanooga; four sisters, Mrs. Mernalene Pickett, Mrs. Mary D. Hall and Mrs. Dimple Yarbrough, all of Winchester, and Mrs. Mary Jane Curtis, Manchester; two brothers, J.B. Durham, Estill Springs, and Wilson Durham, Lebanon; a half-sister, Mrs. Tiny Hill, St. Louis; a half-brother, Jamie Durham, Winchester and 10 grandchildren.

[Transcriber Notes: Obituary found amongst my grandmother’s documents that I inherited from my father. My grandmother was Jessie Velma (Durham) Bolden Womack.

Parents: Herman Durham & Laura Walker Durham

Gr-Parents: James Singleton Durham & Mary Jane (Taylor) Durham [per transcriber]

RECAP OF SURVIVORS per Obituary:

Spouse: Betty Ruth (Brown) Durham

Daughters:

Mrs. Deborah Kay Horton Tullahoma

Mrs. Opal Schmidt Dallas

Mrs. Sadie Houghtelling Dallas

Sons:

Wilson Durham Shelbyville

James Durham Tullahoma

Charles Durham Tullahoma

Kenneth Durham Tullahoma

Michael Durham Tullahoma

Step-Sons:

James Puckett Estill Springs

Wayne Brown Estill Springs

Nickie Puckett Tullahoma

Harold Puckett Chattanooga

Sisters:

Mrs. Hermalene Pickett Winchester

Mrs. Mary D. Hall Winchester

Mrs. Dimple Yarbrough Winchester

Mrs. Mary Jane Curtis Manchester

Brothers:

J.B. Durham Estill Springs

Wilson Durham Lebanon

Half-Sister:

Mrs. Tiny Hill St. Louis

Half-Brother:

Jamie Durham Winchester

Grandchildren: 10

James William Durham’s paternal grandparents, James Singleton Durham and Mary Jane Taylor, were my great-grandparents. If you are a descendant of this Durham line, please contact me.

Transcribed by Josephine Bolden-Pani on 8 June 2001. I may be contacted at

soareagl@inreach.com

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