James Earl Ephraim

James Earl Ephraim, 72, of Franklin, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Dallas VA Medical Center in Dallas, TX. James was born on April 1, 1940 to his parents Albert Ephraim and Mamie Robertson. He attended U.S. Morgan High School in Franklin, TX. James left school early and enlisted in the military at the age of seventeen. He became a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Regiment. His adventure in the military was cut short in 1958 when a jump from the plane left him with a major leg injury. James moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin immediately after service, and then back to Texas. He was employed at Swifts Packing House in Fort Worth. He later took those skills to Los Angeles where he was employed for four years. James came back home to Texas in 1975 and worked in farming and did heavy equipment work until his health failed. James was united in marriage to Miss Gloria Williams on February 19, 2012. James was preceded in death by his parents Albert Ephraim, Sr. and Mamie Robertson; sisters, Alma Brown, Vera Williams, Veola Edwards and Ceola Brown; three brothers Albert Ephraim Jr., Waddell Ephraim and Don Ephraim. James leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife Gloria; daughters Carla Scott and husband Henry and Tracy Young and husband Travis; five grandchildren; brother –in-law Lewis Williams; sisters Thalia Haynes, Mary Young and husband Ralph, Alma Hawkins, Ruby Warren, JoAnn Ephraim, Hazel Ephraim; brothers Melvin Ephraim and wife Janis, Jimmie Ephraim and wife Betty; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Friday, March 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Glenn Mack Funeral Home and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at South New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Celebration of life honoring James Ephraim was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at South New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, TX. Rev. Michael Henry delivered the Eulogy with assistance from church pastor Rev. E.M. Cross. The earthly resting place was at North and South Cemetery in Franklin with presentation from U.S. Military Honor Guard. Active Pallbearers: Bobby Darnell, Eddie Bullocks, Terry Darnell, James Riley, Robert Cross and John Brewster Arrangement and care entrusted to Glenn Mack Funeral Home.

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