James Roy Moreland

March 8, 1929February 16, 2014

Below please find the combined obituary of Jim and Barbara Moreland

James Roy Moreland was born March 8, 1929 also in Irving, Texas. He was the son of William Jefferson Moreland and Dottie Crowley Moreland and was also the son of Don and Pat Christian. Jim graduated from Irving High School and enlisted in the United States Army where he was assigned to the 11th Airborne. There he trained paratroopers for the Korean Conflict but was never deployed. After leaving the military service, Jim enrolled at the University of Texas where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jim’s business career was spent with Texas Instruments. He held several patents and was a major contributor in TI’s development of integrated circuitry. He retired from TI in the early 90s. While living in Los Colinas, Jim was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Irving Independent School District. He was an avid sportsman most notably as a bird hunter. He enjoyed hunting quail, dove and turkey with his beloved Brittany Spaniels.

Barbara Faye Cannon Moreland was also born in Irving on June 24, 1933. She was the daughter of Roy Cannon and Naomi (Oma) Borah Cannon. She too was a graduate of Irving High School where she played basketball for the Lady Tigers. Barbara was raised on the family farm which sat on the land that formed the south end of the DFW airport. Barbara and Jim were married in July of 1957 and she was a stay at home mother raising their two daughters. She was an artist, an outstanding cook, gardener and a wonderful caregiver. Her nickname of “Dead Eye” speaks to her bird hunting prowess.

Barbara and Jim are survived by two daughters; Evrin Ford of Beaumont and Debra Lynn Moreland Richard of Carrollton, two grandchildren Kelly Ann Smith and Casey Ray James Smith. Also surviving is their great granddaughter Dakota Jean Smith and a number of Jim’s siblings. A memorial service to celebrate the Moreland’s lives will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church in Plano. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute of Carl Farlys Boys Ranch (West Texas).


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 28, 2014

James Roy Moreland

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March 3, 2014

We are sorry for your loss, Debra. A donation has been made to the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in memory of your parents. With sympathy, your Raytheon van friends.

February 28, 2014

Debra and Blane,

So sorry to hear of the passing. I am sure they will find their way to heaven and be with the Lord. My thoughts are prayers are with you and the entire family.

Gary Sleeper

Mark Jackson

February 27, 2014

Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you were a loving daughter who deeply cared about your parents. I'm praying for God's comfort for you and the family.

Paul Felts

February 27, 2014

Debra and Blane,

Tammy and I truly share in your sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. May God bless and comfort you.


Cassandra Harman

February 26, 2014

Sorry for your loss.They will be greatly missed. Cousin Cassandra (Sandi)

February 25, 2014

Went to school with both of them, Barbara was in the same class as I was, graduated in 1950. So sorry for your loss. Anita Smith Justice

pati roberts

February 25, 2014

So sorry to hear about Uncle Jim and Aunt Barbara so many memories came flooding back to when I was a child.Ervrin and Debra please know that you are in out thoughts and prayers. Cousin Pati Roberts

Amy, Paul, Emily and Audrey Dreimiller

February 24, 2014

We will miss our wonderful neighbors, Barbara and Jim. We like to remember the friendly conversations in the alley. Also it was a comfort to know they were keeping a watchful eye on our neighborhood. I am glad they are together, and know they are without pain along with their Dottie.

Ed Millis

February 24, 2014

I worked in Jim's group at TI for a number of years, and can only say that there were few better bosses or nicer guys. Rest in peace, Jim and Barbara.

Erika Wood

February 24, 2014

So sorry to hear of your great loss.Sending my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.