James C. Surber Jr.

September 16, 1943May 13, 2018

Services for James C. Surber Jr., age 74, of Tyler are scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at University Church of Christ. Neal Thurman will be officiating and the burial will be at Williams Cemetery.

He went to be with the Lord on May 13th, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.

James was born on September 16th, 1943 in Temple, Texas to the late James C. and Ollie Belle Surber. He grew up in Killeen, Texas and attended Tarleton State University and North Texas University. He served as an E4 Sargent in the Army in Korea. James coached at Lake Dallas, Greenville, and Chapel Hill High Schools. He also served as an assistant principal at Chapel Hill and principal at West Rusk High School. After retiring he served as the Human Resources Director at Azleway Boys Ranch. He has also served as a deacon of University Church of Christ for many years with a great love in his heart for his brothers and sisters in Christ, especially the youth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and will be survived by his wife Sue , son Jim Surber, daughter Angela Ryan and son in law Darin Ryan.

Pallbearers will be Bob Forester, Jacob Forester, Spencer Thurman, Gavin Shepard, Wayne Shepard, Jeremy Taylor, David Tizcareno, and Alfredo Tizcareno. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Bland and Richard Smith.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Lloyd James Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to University Church of Christ youth fund or Hospice of East Texas Home Place.


  • University Church of Christ Youth Fund
  • Hospice of East Texas Home Place


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018

James C. Surber Jr.

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Mona Bryner

May 15, 2018

James was one of the kindest, caring people I have ever known. I met him when I worked at the Tyler Newspaper. I was his ad rep for his employment ads. He became a wonderful friend and incredible listener. He could always tell if I needed a lift. He truly, deeply cared about others. He and his wife, Sue , were immensely helpful to me when my first husband was ill and eventually died. I don't know what I would have done without their strength and honesty when there were things I needed to hear but didn't want to. He also attended my wedding to my husband, Tom, years later. He would tease me on the phone up to the wedding date and keep asking me, " When can I get my tux ready?" When he wanted to put an ad in the paper, he would call and get my voicemail many times. He would say things like he was Tom Jones(the singer) and needed an ad. He was the kind of person who ALWAYS showed real, genuine interest in others. God bless you, Sue, and your family.

Joe Blackwell

May 15, 2018

Knew James since elementary school thru college at NTSU (UNT). Never knew anyone who didn't like "Surber". One memory was watching him dance at the Killeen teen club . He had very fast feet. Good memories of Surber - He was one of the Good Guys!

Renee Timms-Davis

May 14, 2018

Mr. Surber will be missed by all that new him. I have good memories of him from West Rusk CCISD. He was fun to be around. To his family you are in my prayers and thoughts. Remember that I love you all. Your Sister in Christ Renee Timms- Davis