James Barney Harding

December 22, 1931March 2, 2018
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James Barney Harding, 86, a resident of Abilene Texas, died March 2, 2018 at 4pm. James grew up on the Texas/New Mexico Border near the town of Texico, NM. His family farmed in that area for over a 100 years. James served in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from NM State with degrees in Soils Science and Psychology. He was a dedicated Principal, teacher and counselor in several schools around NM. He was also a professor at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) for several years. He Married Carol Windham in 1995 and they ranched in Callahan County for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Barney and Virgie Harding of Texico, NM and a daughter Tana Shulla of Las Cruces, NM. He is survived by his wife Carol Windham of Abilene, TX. His sister Mary Bynum of Spokane, WA, his sons Kent Harding of Smithville, TX, Eric Harding of Phoenix, AZ, Wade Champion of Austin, TX, and his daughter Amy Windham of Seattle, WA., His grandchildren, Lexi and Brittany Shulla of Phoenix, AZ, Henry, Hamish, and Ginger Harding, of the Gold Coast, Australia, Veronica Harding of Smithville, TX. Austin, Samantha, Allyson, Amanda, Sydney and Sabrina Harding, of Phoenix, AZ. Kyle Champion of Austin, TX, and Blaen and Straley Windham of Seattle, WA.

A visitation will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 S., Abilene, TX on Monday March 5, 2018 from 5-8pm. A graveside service will be held at Texico Cemetery in Texico, NM on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Texico High School Attn: James Harding Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 237, Texico, NM 88135.


  • Barney Harding, Father
  • Virgie Harding, Mother
  • Tana Shulla, Daughter
  • Carol Windham, Wife
  • Mary Bynum, Sister
  • Kent Harding, Son
  • Eric Harding, Son
  • Wade Champion, Son
  • Amy Windham, Daughter
  • James also leaves behind grandchildren, Lexi and Brittany Shulla, Henry, Hamish, and Ginger Harding, Veronica Harding, Samantha, Allyson, Amanda, Sydney and Sabrina Harding, Kyle Champion, and Blaen and Straley Windham.


  • Visitation Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Graveside Funeral Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018

James Barney Harding

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March 6, 2018

Carol, James was such a gracious, loving man. He lived his life full of joy and kindness. May his love support you and bring you comfort. ~ Lisa and J.P. Martin

Olivia vasquez

March 6, 2018

My sincere deepest condolences to the family. My sister Diane took it very hard she loves Mrs Carol and Mr. James so much. May God give you all the strength to get you all through this tough time.Blessing to all

Kim Sansom

March 6, 2018

I have known James a good 20+ years, from the Gun Shows, James was just one of those Good Ol' Guys. My heart hurts with the news, he will be missed so much by so many!!!! It has been a BLESSING to know him. Prayers for the family, so sorry for your loss!
Monty & Kim Sansom
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Scotty & Sally Goldsmith

March 5, 2018

Carol, We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and strength in the days to come.

Zayne LeMeilleur

March 5, 2018

The last time I saw James we spent over two hours just talking. Unfortunately, in our modern world filled with iPhones and texting and electronic distractions, this sort of interaction has become a rarity. But James lived such a rich, wonderful, full life that two hours of stories was really only a drop on the surface of the endless depths of his life's journey. A thousand heavy tomes couldn't do his story justice. I knew James for a few short years and only caught a glimpse of his life, but I am a much better person for knowing him. Even those who interacted with him just once were changed for the better. He always cared about you, wanted to know how you were feeling and how your day was going. And you could tell that he meant it, that he truly wanted to know. There was no casual banter or polite small talk with James because he knew life is too precious to waste. He lived every day cherishing each moment, thankful for both the good and bad. I can only hope to do the same and am thankful for the lessons he was able to impart on me in the short time we knew each other. I am truly blessed to have known James and look forward to seeing him again one day.

My love goes out to Carol and the rest of James' immense group of family and friends, the incredible amount of the people he was able to impact.