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James Waits

Funeral services for James R.A. Waits, age 91 of Farmers Branch, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at the Farmer Branch Church of Christ with Eddy Ketchersid officiating. Burial was in Hilltop Memorial Park.
Mr. Waits was born June 21, 1919 in Commerce to R.W. and Almetta Williams Waits. Following his graduation from Mount Vernon High School, he worked in the family lumber yard. He enlisted and began his career with the United States Navy in 1942, and he married Hassie Lee Hale in Memphis, Tenn. July 30, 1949. They moved to Farmers Branch in 1950. Following his retirement from the Navy, he resumed his work in the family lumber business, Waits Lumber Yard. Later, he worked for Farmers Branch Lumber Company. Following his retirement from the lumber business, he became a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service retiring in 1986. He served for 17 years in the Navy Reserve in addition to his three years of active duty. He was a member of the Farmers Branch church of Christ. He was also a member of the Toastmasters Club and was a medal winner in the Senior Olympics. He died Thursday, June 24 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in which his wife, Hassie, was also injured. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Neal, and a sister, Florine Griffith. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hassie Lee Hale Waits; a son, James Gregory Waits and his wife, Donna Edmondson, of Rowlett; a daughter, Linda Jackson and her husband, Joe Jackson, of Davidsonville, Md.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Argaree Martin Laham of Rockwall; a sister-in-law, B.J. Waits Gatlin of Carrollton; and several cousins.