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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]


Spouse: Betty Ruth (Brown) Durham


Mrs. Deborah Kay Horton Tullahoma

Mrs. Opal Schmidt Dallas

Mrs. Sadie Houghtelling Dallas


Wilson Durham Shelbyville

James Durham Tullahoma

Charles Durham Tullahoma

Kenneth Durham Tullahoma

Michael Durham Tullahoma


James Puckett Estill Springs

Wayne Brown Estill Springs

Nickie Puckett Tullahoma

Harold Puckett Chattanooga


Mrs. Hermalene Pickett Winchester

Mrs. Mary D. Hall Winchester

Mrs. Dimple Yarbrough Winchester

Mrs. Mary Jane Curtis Manchester


J.B. Durham Estill Springs

Wilson Durham Lebanon


Mrs. Tiny Hill St. Louis


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

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