Freddy James passed from his life here on earth, Saturday November 25, 2017, at the age of 80 years old. Diagnosed in late September with pancreatic cancer, he chose to live his final days with the same quiet dignity and strength with which he lived his entire life. Even after his diagnosis his humor and quick wit remained intact. He was a loving husband, dad, grandad, great-grandad, brother, and uncle who loved his family dearly.
Freddy was born October 28, 1937, to Benjamin and Annie James in a small farm house in Northern Lynn County. The 7th of 9 children, he arrived before the doctor so they put him in the oven to keep him warm.
Freddy graduated from O’Donnell High School in 1956, and married his high school sweetheart, Laquita Lane, in January 1957. Freddy and Laquita had 3 children Kevin, Karla, and Kyle. Freddy worked in several jobs before finding his way into farming which was what he had always wanted to do. He farmed for 50 years before retiring in 2011. Freddy and Laquita were able to travel some after their retirement. They went on a Caribbean Cruise, flew to Hawaii and visited Pearl Harbor, and finally went to Germany to visit a granddaughter. While in Germany they traveled to France where they enjoyed a tour of the Beaches of Normandy. After his stop in Paris, France, Freddy said that he would never leave the U.S. again! And he didn’t.
Freddy enjoyed spending his days playing dominoes at Woolam Gin and visiting with friends at Maurice’s. He was a member of the O’Donnell Church of Christ.
Freddy is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin James and Annie Wilhite James; sister, Wanda Sneed Hayes; and four brothers, Wayne, Bobby, Billy, and Larry.
He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Laquita; son, Kevin and wife, Stephanie of San Angelo; daughter, Karla and husband, Gary of Lamesa; and son, Kyle and wife, Paula of Lubbock. Freddy was blessed with 8 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, Menda, Ashley, Aaron, Kimberly, Laci, Kenna, Heath, Kyla, Laney and Madisyn. He also had 12 great-grandchildren with number 13, the first little James boy on the way, Dyllan, Kailey, Aleigha, Taden, Tyce, Paizley, Brynlee, Brookslie, Lyleigh, Kalen, Blake, Barrett, and Braxton (coming soon). Freddy is also survived by his brother, Ovis and wife, Doris; sisters, Arleta Whatley, and Charlotte Belich and husband, Bill; brother-in-law, Bill Lane; along with many nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.