James David Collett, 71, of Scurry, passed away Aug. 12, 2019.
James was born to James and Lucille Collett Sept. 10, 1947, in Shelbyville, Ky. While living in Kentucky he married Gail Hays in Louisville in 1968.
James was a member of the U.S. Marines serving from June 17, 1965 to April 10, 1969. He had two tours in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts.
He moved to Lively in 1978 and worked for the Dallas Police Department for 22 years retiring in 1996. James was a member of the Purple Heart Riders of East Texas, Patriot Guard, American Legion and a certified Peer Specialist of Texas. He was also a member of the New Beginnings Baptist Church of Kemp.
James was preceded in death by his parents and son.
Those left to cherish his memory are wife Gail, daughter Jennifer Mahon, grandchildren Jackson, Reagan and Dylan Mahon and brother Tony Collett who will miss him dearly.
James’ family held a memorial service Sept. 5, 2019, in the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with an Inurnment following at DFW National Cemetery.