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James O Cary

January 22, 1922January 11, 2018
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James Orvis Cary, 95, passed away in Dallas, TX on January 11, 2018, pain and illness free, the peaceful passing of which we all should dream. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and one reason it is called “the Greatest Generation.” Born on January 22, 1922 in Hot Springs, AR to the late James A. and Thelma Cary, he graduated from high school in Los Angeles, CA and earned a bachelors degree from SMU. In 1941, he joined the US Army and served 22 years from Africa to Alaska, including the incredibly courageous battle of Salerno, Italy. He had a 31 year career with the Texas State Comptrollers and 26 years as a volunteer Reserve Dallas County Deputy Sheriff where he continued to hone his handgun skills, a passion that he was able to continue until his death. Jim was a dedicated member of Park Cities Baptist Church for almost 40 years. Known as an honorable and courageous man, Jim was a loving husband, father and hero to his 2 daughters. He married Patricia Morrison Cary in 1946 and they were married almost 60 years when she preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen McCollum Threadgill, her husband Tim; JoAnn Ryan, her husband John; grandchildren Christian McCollum, wife Amy, James McCollum, Emily Taylor, husband JR, David Albers, Ryan Albers, Bailey Ryan and JP Ryan as well as 7 great grandchildren, half brother David Lewis and other extended family. Visitation: Sunday January 14, 2-4pm Sparkman Hillcrest Burial: Tuesday, Jan 16, 11am, DFW National Cemetery Memorial Service: Tuesday, Jan 16, 2pm Park Cities Baptist Church, officiated by Reverend Dr. Jack Martin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Connecting Point of Park Cities, www.mycppc.org

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • Reception

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Dave and Karen Snell

January 14, 2018

We are praying for JoAnn and family during this time of loss.

Robin Heisig

January 13, 2018

We lost a wonderful man, and my heart is sad. Mr. Cary was the best chauffeur when JoAnn and I were kids. He was always so patient which couldn't have been easy. We would get in the back seat, and JoAnn would jokingly say Home, James. One favorite memory was when we were running late for an event, and JoAnn pressed her dad to drive a little faster so we might get there on time. He finally gave in and increased his speed ever so slightly. Almost immediately, one of Dallas' finest pulled him over and gave him a speeding ticket. JoAnn and I were unusually quiet the rest of the ride! Mr. Cary never said a word either even though I'm sure he had plenty he wanted to say! He was a kind, ethical, sweet man who will be missed. He was a role model to me, showing me what a good dad looked like. His humility, character, work ethic, and service to country were immeasurable. Mr. Cary, you were loved by many including me, and I stand on God's promises that we will be together one day. My condolences to JoAnn, Cathy, and their families. Love you guys.

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