Funeral services for James Wesley Files, Jr. of Mabank were held Jan. 4, 2020 at First Assembly of God Church in Seven Points with Pastor Don Bell officiating. A graveside service followed at New Salem Cemetery in Centerville.
James was born Sept. 21, 1932 in Anderson County to parents James Wesley and Rose V. (Howard) Files, Sr. and entered into eternal rest Dec. 27, 2019 at the age of 87.
He graduated from Cayuga High School in 1952 and joined the United States Army. After nearly three years in Korea he came home and married his sweetheart, Betty Richey June 8, 1956 at the Cayuga Assembly of God Church, where he attended faithfully all his growing up years.
Wesley was a career military man. He loved the military, which he spent 38 ½ years in the Army and National Guard where he achieved the rank of Command Sgt. Major. He received numerous accommodations and medals during his service.
After retiring from the military he went to work for Ben E. Keith in Fort Worth. When he retired he became a farmer. Wesley had catfish in his pond and would feed them twice a day. He had two cows, two horses and two donkeys. Wesley loved spending time with this grandchildren and great-grandchildren.They were the delight of his life.
Wesley saw the good in everyone. He loved everyone, his God, his Church family; especially his pastor Don Bell. Wesley and Betty were members of a program with the church called MAPS - Missionaries with RV’s. They spent three summers in Cedaredge, Colorado working the youth camp there. One summer they joined two of his brothers and their wives in Hungry Horse, Mont., to work the youth camp there. It was very rewarding to Wesley and Betty and they always had fun.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents and his son Greg.
He is survived by his wife Betty of 63 years, son Kent and wife Rebecca of Bullard, daughter Shelia and husband Steve Fahy of Irving, grandchildren Nathan Fahy and wife Melissa of Crowley, Amanda Anderson of Bullard and Kendra Bradley and husband Teddy of South Bend, Ind., great-grandchildren Alayna and Jarey Anderson of Bullard, Sophia, Patrick and Sebastian Fahy of Crowley, Shelby and Sadie Bradley of South Bend, Ind., other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.