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.