The CTLR and CTLC have lost a great friend and supporter.

James Edwin McEachern


James Edwin McEachern, of Midlothian, TX, age 75, was born in Dawson County, Texas, on Oct. 21, 1935, to James Anderson McEachern and Jean Jeter McEachern. He passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Waxahachie, Texas.


He is survived by his sister, Peggy Jean McEachern Gibbs and brother, Charles Richard McEachern and their families. Jim was married to his wife, Arlene Norris McEachern for 53 years, one week, five days, 17 hours and 30 minutes. His facebook post as of Sunday, July 10 at 10:12 am tells the rest: "I'm grateful for God giving me a wonderful family Arlene, Karen, Mike, Lynda, Angie, Jerald, Mindy, Mike McD, Jess, Jonathan, Robert, Katy, Josh, Dan Caleb, Melissa, James, Melinda, Melanie, Michael S., Michael T, Nathan, Mitchell, Micah, Mekaylee, Candace, Stephanie, Lylah, Tiffany and Juan. My greatest desire is to spend all eternity with God, with them and with all our friends in Heaven!"


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16


To give a little insight into JimÕs great personality, the following is the biography he submitted as a Board Member for the Conservancy website:


Jim was born: October 21, 1935 in Dawson County, Texas Education: Sparenburg I.S.D., Ackerly I.S.D., Abilene I.S.D., Albany I.S.D., Midland I.S.D., and a B.A. from Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas in 1962.


His family includes his wonderful wife, Arlene, since June 28, 1958, four awesome married children and children-in law. Work Experience: Hoeing weeds, picking cotton, milking cows, washing dishes, digging ditches, grocery cashier and door-to-door salesman. In addition: Tom James Company Career: Salesman, 1966; Manager, 1967; V.P. and Director of Sales, 1969; President, 1973; Chairman of the Board and C.E.O., 1984; Senior Executive Officer, 1998 until the present. Honors: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Honorary Doctorate and Medal of Service Award from Howard Payne University.


Other Involvements: Howard Payne University Board of Trustees, Tom James Company Board of Directors, Ovilla Road Baptist Church Deacon, Bill Glass Prison Ministry Volunteer, Ovilla Christian SchoolÕs #1 Grandfather. Also: Co-author of the book, Plan to Win; featured on PBS and The 700 Club television programs; owner of Texas Longhorn cattle.